fixyourwritinghabits

amandaonwriting:

If you are planning to write a series, it is important to write the first book as a stand-alone novel. If you don’t, you will place too much emphasis on scenes and characters that only become important as the series progresses.

It is frustrating, as a writing teacher, to help an author who tells me, ‘It will make sense in the next book.’ The problem is, that if it doesn’t make sense now, I won’t even finish the current book. Readers who get confused have lots of other options, including many well-written and well-plotted books, to occupy their time.

Finish Book One and make sure your readers feel as if they have read a complete story. We know that a good book leaves some questions unanswered and some possibilities open. These leave the door open for your series. 

If I have been entertained in the world you’ve created and the story you’ve told in your first book, I will be eager to spend money on your next book. 

Writers Write has spent years perfecting our creative writing course to help writers understand the basics of writing a good first book. Send an email to news@writerswrite.co.za for more details on the course.

by Amanda Patterson

fixyourwritinghabits

tabletopresources:

First, let me clarify one thing—this isn’t about designing systems of magic for your fantasy world. Whether your magical system has to pay attention to the fact that matter is neither created nor destroyed, or how to go about constructing spells…that’s not what we’re here for today. I’m talking about magic from a writers point of view, how it will affect your plot, your characters, your reader’s suspension of disbelief. And all the ways that beginning fantasy writers seem to blow it.

mccalldolaon
anadorablyawkwardblackgirl:

peopleofcolorinlove:



Feature films, independent films, short films, and yes even B films. This masterpost has been created to showcase the stories of people of color, who love, laugh, cry, and kick ass. This is by no means the end all list of movies featuring people of color, there are thousands of great films out there, this is just a snippet of films found for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy.
 .D R A M A S.
Things Never Said (2013) 
La Mission (2009) 1 & 2 
Mississippi Masala (1991) 
Unbowed (1999) 
Love and Basketball (2000)
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Samson and Delilah (2009)
The Last Fall (2012)
Not Easily Broken (2009)
Disappearing Acts (2000)
Mabo (2012)
42 (2013)
Jason’s Lyric (1994)
My Family (1995)
Dangerous Liaisons (2012)
.R O M C O M S.
Our Family Wedding (2010) 
About Last Night (2014
American Fusion (2005)
Think Like A Man (2012)
Jumping the Broom (2011)
Baggage Claim (2013)
Politics of Love (2008)
Peeples (2013)
Deliver Us From Eva (2003)
Just Wright (2010)
Hitch (2005)
It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (2010)
Fakin da Funk (1997)
Chasing Papi (2003)
Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) 
.D R A M A D I E S.
Brown Sugar (2002) BM/BW
I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009) LM/BW
The Best Man (1999)
The Best Man Holiday (2013)
The Preacher’s Wife (1996) 
I LIke it Like That (1994)
Soul Food (1997)
Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
Why Did I Get Married Too (2010)
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
Last Holiday (2006)
.R O M A N C E.
Love Jones (1999)
Poetic Justice (1993)
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1998)
How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
Claudine (1974)
Paris Blues (1961) 
One Love (2003)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)
Turning 30 (2011)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Like Water for Chocolate (1992) 
.A C T I O N/.T H R I L L E R.
Romeo Must Die (2000)
Ninja Assassin (2009)
Woman Thou Art Loosed On the 7th Day
The Last Letter (2013)
Obsessed (2009)
.L G B T  F I L M S.
Saving Face
Noah’s Arc Jumping the Broom (2008)
Finding Me (2009)
Circumstances (2011)
Gun Hill Road (2011)
The Skinny (2012) 
Drifting Flower
Round Trip 
Elliot Loves (2012)
.S H O R T S.
Tall Enough (2009) 
Love Escapes Us (2014)
This Time (2010)
Dragon of Love (2003)
White Sugar in a Black Pot (2012)
.A N I M AT I O N.
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Princess and the Frog (2009)
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Mulan (1998)
Mulan II (2004)
Aladdin (1992)
The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)



Omg. This is necessary.

anadorablyawkwardblackgirl:

peopleofcolorinlove:

Feature films, independent films, short films, and yes even B films. This masterpost has been created to showcase the stories of people of color, who love, laugh, cry, and kick ass. This is by no means the end all list of movies featuring people of color, there are thousands of great films out there, this is just a snippet of films found for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy.

.D R A M A S.

.R O M C O M S.

.D R A M A D I E S.

.R O M A N C E.

.A C T I O N/.T H R I L L E R.

.L G B T  F I L M S.

.S H O R T S.

.A N I M AT I O N.

Omg. This is necessary.

cutsceneaddict

The Psychology of Writing: Character Development and Anger

cutsceneaddict:

Sooner or later, your character is going to get mad. And I don’t mean “mad dog” mad, I mean steam-out-the-nostrils mad. Because anger is such a human emotion, it’s important to be able to portray an angry character without resorting to melodrama. Finding that realistic, human balance isn’t always easy, but it can be made easier if you—the writer—take a few minutes to research this natural, emotional response.

So, in today’s post, let’s talk about:

  • What causes anger
  • Physical signals of anger
  • Internal sensations of anger
  • Mental responses to anger
  • Cues of long-term anger
  • Signs of suppressed anger

Read More

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dhccenter:

5 Minute ~ 4 ingredient No-bake Cheesecake
Gluten and color free

I have always loved this recipe, my grandmother passed it down to me when I started my own family. She would always make the creamiest, most fabulous cheesecakes in church. Every time there was a pot luck, this is what she would make. Years later as an adult, the new cook of the family, this is still what I make. So if you want this easy recipe to be your “specialty” come the holidays, here you go.

5 Minute ~ 4 ingredient No-bake Cheesecake
1/3 cup of lemon or lime juice
1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
1 8 ounce package of cream cheese
1 8 ounce tub of cool whip

Most important part of this recipe, is to leave the cream cheese out for a couple hours at room temperature. The cream cheese will become soft and smooth. The importance of this is to create a smooth texture. Not doing so, will create horrible lumps of cream cheese that will ruin the flavor of this pie.

After your cream cheese is softened enough, I like to see if it will spread easily with a plastic spatula. In a mixing bowl, mix all before mentioned ingredients. Please note: the lemon/lime juice must come last. The reaction of the citrus juice will start to harden your mixture almost immediately.

On the low speed of you hand mixer, blend well. Around 2 minutes of so is plenty, just make sure all ingredients are incorporated. Immediately pour mixture into a waiting graham crust or for those of us that can’t have the gluten, I opt for muffin cups. Refrigerate for an hour to and hour and a half. Serve chilled and enjoy!

Vanilla Wafer Crust
24-30 vanilla wafers depending on pan size
3 Tablespoons melted butter

Mix both ingredients until it sticks together. Punch onto sides of cake pan to resemble a crust.

Add-ons-Make it your own!

To make this recipe your own, there are several things you can add.

Oreo cookie crust. Incorporate a few of the cookies in to the batter, smashed of course. Top with a few whole or halved cookies as well.

Fresh strawberries, with or without glaze. I like to cut the strawberries up in to quarters and place in a zip-lock bag. Gently whacking the bag of berries on the counter a few times to start releasing the juices. A half an hour later, you have a no fuss, no extra sugar strawberry topping and glaze. Although a little vanilla in bag wouldn’t hurt anything.

Key lime juice instead of regular. This will give you a tart cheesecake, more like a key lime bar if you lessen the cool whip content. About half is needed for recipe, although the more that is used, the lighter and fluffier the taste and texture will be.


Note:
So enjoy your cheesecake, however you add your personal touch.  Everyone will love this recipe.  As a side note, my sister in law is allergic to most food colorings.  This was the first cheesecake she was able to eat.  If you have fat content issues, you can always use fat-free cream cheese and fat-free cool whip to lessen the fat blow.

dhccenter:

5 Minute ~ 4 ingredient No-bake Cheesecake

Gluten and color free
I have always loved this recipe, my grandmother passed it down to me when I started my own family. She would always make the creamiest, most fabulous cheesecakes in church. Every time there was a pot luck, this is what she would make. Years later as an adult, the new cook of the family, this is still what I make. So if you want this easy recipe to be your “specialty” come the holidays, here you go.
5 Minute ~ 4 ingredient No-bake Cheesecake
  • 1/3 cup of lemon or lime juice
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
  • 1 8 ounce package of cream cheese
  • 1 8 ounce tub of cool whip
Most important part of this recipe, is to leave the cream cheese out for a couple hours at room temperature. The cream cheese will become soft and smooth. The importance of this is to create a smooth texture. Not doing so, will create horrible lumps of cream cheese that will ruin the flavor of this pie.
After your cream cheese is softened enough, I like to see if it will spread easily with a plastic spatula. In a mixing bowl, mix all before mentioned ingredients. Please note: the lemon/lime juice must come last. The reaction of the citrus juice will start to harden your mixture almost immediately.
On the low speed of you hand mixer, blend well. Around 2 minutes of so is plenty, just make sure all ingredients are incorporated. Immediately pour mixture into a waiting graham crust or for those of us that can’t have the gluten, I opt for muffin cups. Refrigerate for an hour to and hour and a half. Serve chilled and enjoy!
Vanilla Wafer Crust
  • 24-30 vanilla wafers depending on pan size
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter
Mix both ingredients until it sticks together. Punch onto sides of cake pan to resemble a crust.
Add-ons-Make it your own!
To make this recipe your own, there are several things you can add.
Oreo cookie crust. Incorporate a few of the cookies in to the batter, smashed of course. Top with a few whole or halved cookies as well.
Fresh strawberries, with or without glaze. I like to cut the strawberries up in to quarters and place in a zip-lock bag. Gently whacking the bag of berries on the counter a few times to start releasing the juices. A half an hour later, you have a no fuss, no extra sugar strawberry topping and glaze. Although a little vanilla in bag wouldn’t hurt anything.
Key lime juice instead of regular. This will give you a tart cheesecake, more like a key lime bar if you lessen the cool whip content. About half is needed for recipe, although the more that is used, the lighter and fluffier the taste and texture will be.
Note:
So enjoy your cheesecake, however you add your personal touch.  Everyone will love this recipe.  As a side note, my sister in law is allergic to most food colorings.  This was the first cheesecake she was able to eat.  If you have fat content issues, you can always use fat-free cream cheese and fat-free cool whip to lessen the fat blow.