milaismysunshine asked:
   Do you have any advice for writing about illegal street races? I haven't been able to find much. I was also wondering if you would be able to find anything about writing about a drug cartel.


Street Racing

Car Chases

Vocabulary [car-chase lingo defined]

Vocabulary [sounds]

  • Came
  • Spun (up)
  • Cranked
  • Sputtered
  • Whined
  • Coughed
  • Rumbled
  • Grumbled
  • Growled
  • Snarled
  • Revved
  • Zoomed
  • Vroomed
  • Screamed
  • Roared
  • Blasted
  • Thundered
  • Exploded
  • Whispered
  • Purred
  • Whirred
  • Hummed
  • Chortled
  • Stuttered

Vocabulary [car related]

  • Max Speed – max car speed
  • Max Reverse Speed – max car speed in reverse
  • Acceleration – acceleration speed
  • Deceleration – braking speed
  • Friction – how far the car rolls before stopping
  • Max Steering Rate – max rate at which car can turn
  • Steering Acceleration – how fast the car starts turning
  • Steering Friction- how fast the car corrects itself (when you “let go of the wheel”)
  • Car Starting Direction – set car rotation on start

Drug Cartels

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Discussion: Who Is -- And What Makes Up -- A 'Hero'?


Response to this by thestateofardadreaming:


One of my main goal in my stories, as an author, is to show that heroes are found in the mundane. I think it’s a typical portrayal of heroes nowadays. In most fictional pieces, we try to show that the simple man…


A guide to common terms used in describing tiaras

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Okay, you know how hard it is to make those side characters in your writing? There is a website that allows you to create different random identities for all types of characters.

This website literally generates an identity for a fictitious person and makes up…



The thing about symbolism is that everything can be a symbol. Think of a symbol as anything that has a deeper meaning beyond its appearance. Symbolism is common in classical books, but its usage has increased as writers understand it can be a powerful tool for passing their…

Writing Research - Ancient Rome


Ancient Rome was an Italic civilization that began on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 8th century BC. Located along the Mediterranean Sea and centered on the city of Rome, it expanded to become one of the largest empires in the ancient world with an estimated 50 to…

   phobiasatthemovies asked:
   Hello! My wife suffers from Emetophobia (fear of vomit) and together we created a new no spoiler movie site that gives people with phobias (spiders,snakes,clowns,puppets,dolls,vomit,needles,dentist,blood) the ability to watch movies without fear. We give you the when, how graphic and the duration of each scene that occurs in each movie. Hope you enjoy!


What an awesome idea! Hats off to you!

The Worst Blunders People Make in Inventing Fictional Alien Worlds


Interesting read for any budding sci-fi writers out there.

Genre Help: Satire


The main purpose of satire is to criticize a certain concept, ideology, person, group or event through humor. This often involves characters or plotlines matted with the idea in question and the usage of irony, sarcasm, parody, analogy, hyperbole and general exaggeration…

   Anonymous asked:
   Do you have anything on creating riddles? Both solvable and unsolvable ones.


Start with the answer and work backwards form there. Brainstorm anything and everything that describes the answer. Try thinking from the POV of your answer and write about how the answer sees the world.


think about these things when you’re making a fictional place; even a developed city has its roots in how easy it was to settle in the first place!

Before you sit down to write a scene, mull it over in your mind and know the purpose of that scene. What earlier set-ups will this scene pay off? What will it set up for later scenes? How will this scene further your plot? As you work, drive, exercise, hold only this question in your mind. Take a few notes as you have ideas. And only when you’ve decided on the bones of the scene – then, sit and write it. Don’t go to that boring, dusty computer without something in mind. And don’t make your reader slog through a scene in which little or nothing happens.

Chuck Palahniuk

More great advice here

(via 1000wordseveryday)

   Anonymous asked:
   Do you have anything on writing a character with schizophrenia? I want to make sure I'm writing it in a way that's realistic. Thanks!


There are four major types of schizophrenia (Paranoid, disorganized, catatonic, and undifferentiated) and each has its own list of symptoms. These symptoms are categorized into three types: Positive (psychotic behaviors not seen in healthy people) negative (disruptions in normal emotions and behaviors) and cognitive (symptoms that effects how the brain processes information.) The paranoid subtype is the most common and is indicated by auditory hallucinations and delusional thoughts centered around persecution or conspiracy among other symptoms. However, it is definitely beneficial to look into the other types. Good sources of information can be found here and here.

Happy Writing,


Staying Focused When Writing


Also, do you have any tips on staying focused when writing?
  • Find a workplace. Some people can only work efficiently in certain places. Certain environments will boost your productivity, while others will completely ruin it. Find the places where you’re the most…

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