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Character development thing.

Plot points on this chart to represent how important these different aspects of a character’s life are to them. By doing that you can help determine what type of things your character deems to be most meaningful in their life, especially compared to others aspects.

A brief explanation of each aspect is below in case you’re confused about the meaning of any.

Physical Aspects

  • Strength: to have physical power and strength
  • Sex: to have sexual gratification and satisfaction
  • Possessions: to have objects and tangible things
  • Health: to have physical health and stability
  • Appearance: to have a good external appearance

Emotional Aspects

  • Love: to love and be loved, romantically or otherwise
  • Appreciation: to be appreciated by others
  • Attention: to be paid attention to
  • Security: to feel secure emotionally
  • Approval: to be approved by others

Social Aspects

  • Respect: to be respected
  • Friendship: to have friends
  • Intimacy: to be intimate with a partner or partners
  • Belongingness: to feel needed and belonged
  • Family: to be on good terms with/have a family

Spiritual Aspects

  • Inner peace: to be content with themselves
  • Purpose: to feel as though they are fulfilling a purpose
  • Self-sufficiency: to feel that they are able to provide for themselves
  • Growth: to feel as though they are growing and changing
  • Acceptance: to be able to accept themselves without consequence

This is an absolutely amazing exercise and I certainly recommend doing it. 

(Source: kohleria)

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Cheat Sheets for Writing Body Language

We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.

by Amanda Patterson






Hemingway App


Hemingway makes your writing bold and clear. 

Basically the coolest little tool to have as a writer.

This is awesome!!!

Hmm! I will try this later.

I am the worst ever about passive voice. This is really neat.




How to relieve menstrual cramps using pressure points.
I learned this method about a year ago and my life has been indescribably better since, so I decided I would share. :)

Thank you 

Reblogging again because HOLY SHIT.  THIS WORKS.




How to relieve menstrual cramps using pressure points.

I learned this method about a year ago and my life has been indescribably better since, so I decided I would share. :)

Thank you 

Reblogging again because HOLY SHIT.  THIS WORKS.




A collection of Ways to Tie a Necktie

Our other collections:

How to fold a shirt

Choosing a suit that fits

6 ways to tie a Scarf

spine cosplayers take note 

i know like six of these by memory so i don’t want anyone ever to tell me”that’s not how you tie a tie” ever again just don’t do it i know what im doing when it comes to ties so shut the fuck up why do you always assume that i don’t know what im doing I KNOW WHAT IM DOING SHUT THE FUCK UP


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Hey there frends-

I know a lot of you out there are struggling to acquire binders, and while you’re waiting to get one you might need an alternative. Ace bandages can be pretty hazardous to your health, so I thought I’d share my binding method with you. It came about out of necessity (I’m not in a position where I can buy myself a commercial binder,) but it’s comfortable and works great. I use it everyday and pass so well, at this point I’m not even looking into commercial binders anymore. 

Hope this helps some of you. 

(Source: thefandomedson)



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Formatting your Manuscript

If you’re planning on one day turning your manuscript in to literary agents and publishing houses, you need to make sure it’s formatted correctly. In many cases, your manuscript will be skipped over if it isn’t done to industry standard, so here’s the basics that you’ll need if you don’t want to be ignored. Before I get started, please know that this is aimed specifically at fiction manuscripts. If you’re writing non-fiction or a memoir, the expectations will be different, so it would be wise to Google what you need.

The Basics

  • Make sure your font is 12 point Times New Roman, Courier New, or Arial. These are the only three fonts you are allowed to pick from.
  • Your spacing should be 1 inch on all sides of the text. This is the default on most word processors, but double check your settings just to be sure.
  • Your text should be double spaced.
  • All of your indentations must be a half inch. Do not press indent. Instead, drag over the top arrow on the ruler to have every new paragraph automatically indent.

The Title Page

  • The top left-hand corner of your title page will have all your personal information. They want to see your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, the novel’s genre, and word count.


  • Your novel’s title is allowed to be between 20-24 point font if you want. Bold is also an option, but not necessary.
  • The title will appear halfway down the title page.
  • “A novel by [your name]” will be about three quarters of the way down the page.

The Next Pages

  • If you have a dedication, it will be on its own page.
  • If you have some sort of verse or quote, those will also need their own pages.
  • Do not include a page for acknowledgements.

The Chapters

  • Chapter titles will be 12 point font. No bolding or italics.
  • Chapters will start from one quarter to halfway down the page.
  • An easy way to format chapter headings is to press enter five or six times
  • Make sure you always start your chapters the same way every time.
  • When you start a new chapter, make sure you use a page break to bump the new chapter onto a new page. This will keep it in place so that it will never budge, no matter how much you cut out or add to the previous chapter.

Page Numbers

  • Page numbers will start with 1 on Chapter 1 of your manuscript. Page numbers will not appear on the title page or dedication page.
  • Page 1 will be labeled in the footer of Chapter 1. It should be centered.
  • Page 2 will be in the header of the next page.
  • From page 2 onward, your headers will be labeled like this:


  • If you insert a section break after the title and dedication pages, it will make it easier to insert the page numbers.

For the most part, this is the most important of what you’ll need to know for formatting your manuscript. I used this video as reference, so I’m trusting everything it says is true because it was made by an author who has several novels published, and because it was uploaded this year, it should be up to date.

But just remember, whenever you go to turn in a manuscript, make sure you check the website of the agent or publisher you’re trying to contact. They might have specifications that differ with the ones stated in this video, and you should always do whatever you can to abide by what they want.

Reblogging aggressively. Some publishers will throw your manuscript into the slush pile or, worse, the trash if you don’t follow their desired format. Spec fic publishers are especially strict about manuscript formatting.

Also reblogging aggressively.


Limits of the Human Body by Soda Pop Avenue

Credit goes to SPA, but I wanted this here for a writer’s reference. This way we know exactly how far we can push our characters ;)


Limits of the Human Body by Soda Pop Avenue

Credit goes to SPA, but I wanted this here for a writer’s reference. This way we know exactly how far we can push our characters ;)

(Source: macapan)


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Writing Cecil straight up: some helpful tips


HEY FANDOM WRITERS I HAVE A THING FOR YOU. See, I’m working on a fic right now where I decided to make use of Cecil saying in canon (twice!) that he can’t feel pain, because a lot of authors seem to ignore that.

And then I started doing research and realized there aren’t really any articles directed at laymen about the inability to feel physical pain. I’m from a medical family and reading Medicalese is sort of second nature to me, but hoshit CAN I EVER SEE WHY PEOPLE WHO CAN’T JUST WRITE HIM AS FEELING PAIN.

So here is a handy-dandy guide of shit I’ve learned about Cecil’s condition, translated into plain English.

WHAT THE HELL IT’S ACTUALLY CALLED: depends on what you’re going for. There are two different disorders that can make you unable to feel pain: congenital analgesia, also called congenital insensitivity to pain or CIP; and the HSAN group of disorders (confusingly, CIP is classified with these, but isn’t the same thing). Most of these are recessive, which makes CIP and HSAN 2 through 5 unlikely candidates for affecting 53% of a town. HSAN I, however, is autosomal dominant. That means if your parent has it, there’s a 50% chance you do, too—and that makes it seem likely that it’s actually HSAN 1, not CIP, that Cecil mentions having. (And HSAN stands for hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy, if you were wondering. Also, if you don’t speak doctor, the English version: you get it from your parents, it affects your ability to feel shit, and it’s actually your brain that’s fucked up, not your nerves, although there can be nerve damage, too.)

HE CAN’T FEEL PAIN, WHAT MORE IS THERE TO KNOW? A metric fuckton. For starters, being unable to feel pain means he needs to check his body—his ENTIRE body—at least once a day for injuries, because unless he sees blood there is literally no way for him to know he’s hurt. People with HSAN can develop ulcerated wounds—think “zombie a week after death” here. Those wounds and infections can turn into necrosis (literally, your skin and bone dies) and require amputation. Cecil is actually in pretty constant danger of becoming very ill if he doesn’t watch his ass.

Some people with HSAN also have anhydrosis, which is a nice fancy word for “they don’t sweat worth fuckall.” That might not sound like too much of a problem until you know what sweat is: your body’s way of keeping you from overheating. CECIL LIVES IN A DESERT. Having lived in one myself, I can tell you that a good eight months out of the year you’re sweating as soon as you step outside—literally.

And now for some miscellany:

—some people with HSAN can’t feel anything but pressure. That means sexy time with Carlos—is mostly for Carlos’ benefit. Depending on how severe Cecil’s HSAN is, it’s entirely possible the only pleasure he’d get is psychological. (Most of the information I found on this related to CIP and CIPA—congenital insensitivity to pain with anhydrosis—but some people with HSAN reported it, too.)

—We don’t know a whole lot about itching, but we do know it’s caused by the same nerve responses that cause pain. Cecil can’t feel itches.

—It is genetically impossible for Cecil to both have HSAN and be ticklish.

—We also don’t know what causes headaches, but people with HSAN don’t get them.

—most people with CIPA don’t live past the age of 25. I couldn’t find statistics on HSAN, but it’s likely that Carlos would be stunned by a town full of 40somethings who are apparently thriving with HSAN and related disorders.

—One of the biggest dangers with HSAN is joint damage. Because people with HSAN can’t feel discomfort and shift out of joint-stressing positions as a result, they can easily damage cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and even bone. Given how much of Cecil’s job involves sitting hunched over a sound board (Cecil mentions that he sits in a sound booth and never mentions a sound engineer), it’s entirely possible that he does it from a wheelchair or in a back brace due to hip and spine damage.

—Many parents of HSAN and CIPA children will have primary teeth pulled as they come in. This is because a teething baby who cannot feel pain will literally bite their fingers to the bone or bite through their lips. If Cecil’s teeth were not pulled and he has any form if CIP or HSAN that isn’t type one, the odds are heavily in favor of him having scars on his face and hands from teething.

—It’s unlikely that Cecil has complete anhydrosis (can’t sweat at all) because activities like backpacking through Europe would have killed him years ago. Any Cecil with anhydrosis almost certainly has partial anhydrosis, which is the inability to sweat as much as you need to.

—HSAN I usually starts around the same time as puberty and often begins in the legs and feet. It’s not impossible for Cecil to have had it all his life, but it’s equally possible for him to actually have a comprehension of what pain means.

—Cecil can have ANY KIND OF INJURY AT ALL without knowing it’s there. One case I read involved parents who discovered their three-year-old daughter had CIP after she literally crushed her ankle—and proceeded to happily hobble around on the fractured bones.

—People with HSAN may or may not be able to fully grok temperature. Concepts like “too hot” and “too cold” are purely theoretical; Cecil cannot feel himself either being burned or getting frostbite.

—only one in 25,000 people in the general population have HSAN. Statistically speaking, every single person in the United States who has HSAN must live in Night Vale. (Either that, or the incidence literally doubled when Carlos discovered HSAN in Night Vale.)

And finally:

—nobody actually knows what causes HSAN, and it’s incurable. The best we can do is shrug and say “it’s some kind of genetic mutation”—which is why I didn’t go into super-specifics here, because if Night Vale is a mostly-closed community, it’s entirely possible they’ve developed a mutation of a mutation and that the forms of HSAN and CIP we know are not the one or ones present in Night Vale.

If you’re planning on writing a Cecil with CIP or HSAN in any depth, you should probably do additional research—but this should get you started, and I hope it helps.



Wine 101 

  1. How-to Choose
  2. How-to Pair w/Food
  3. Using The Right Glass Shows You Have Class 
  4. Basic Types of Wine
  5. Expanded typing of Wines
  6. What Temp For EachType of Wine
  7. Knowing Your Wine Colors
  8. Wine Type Descriptions
  9. Caloric Comparison vs. Beer
  10. Coffees  

A friend once told me (while discussing wines & spirits) to learn about coffees too… " Because you’ll eventually need them, if / when you enjoy too much good spirits."

Infographics: Wine Folleys, Primer Magazine, and Chicago Food Magazine.

How to be an Adult 201
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The Art of Tying a Scarf - Scarves are a queer boi’s bestfriend in the fall and winter. It keeps you warm and adds a stylish touch to any outfit.


Good info for fall



The Art of Tying a Scarf - Scarves are a queer boi’s bestfriend in the fall and winter. It keeps you warm and adds a stylish touch to any outfit.

Good info for fall

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