Hello, writerly friends~ ♥︎
You asked for a Writing Advice Masterpost, so here it is! Below you will find a collection of the best questions and answers from the last two years. Not only that, but they are also organized so you can find the answers to your questions quickly and get on with writing.
But wait, there is more!
This post is more than just a collection of advice, it’s a nexus for writing advice, resources, and information! That’s right, this post is going to grow over time. I will be updating this masterpost WEEKLY with new answers, writing advice videos, playlists, and more! So, make sure to bookmark this page and follow my blog (maxkirin.tumblr.com) so you don’t miss a thing~ ♥︎
Writing Advice Compilations
- WRITERS UNITE! A book of writing advice, inspiration, and tips! Written with the help of 248 Tumblr authors. FREE DOWNLOAD!
- Daily Story Seed
- Daily Weird Prompt
- Daily Character Question
- Your Writing Horoscope (Retired)
- "Can I publish a story based on one of your prompts?"
- Virtual Writing Academy, a weekly writing class where we explore strange writing exercises. This is NOT a lecture. You are not going to learn by listening— but by WRITING. So, take out your notebooks because we are going to write! New episodes go up every Wednesday.
- Writing Advice Blitz, a segment where I answer YOUR writing questions. New episodes go up every Monday.
- Writing Challenges— prompts too easy for you? Looking for a challenge? YOU GOT IT. These challenges will push your writing skills to the limit! New episodes go up every Friday.
Motivation & Inspiration
- Daily Writer Positivity
- How to Finish Your First Novel (M. Kirin’s Origin Story)
- What Confidence Is and Is NOT
- How to Regain the Motivation to Finish That Book
- "I’m afraid writing is a waste of time"
- "I’m half-way through this book and I’m stuck"
- Stop Trying to Impress People
- Stop Trying to Make Your Parents Proud of your Writing
- Your Parents Disapprove of Your Writing?
- You’re Not The Worst Writer In The World
- English Not Your First Language? Neither is Mine
- A Tip for All Young Writers Worrying That Nobody Will Take Them Seriously
- Dealing with Hate and Harsh Criticism
- You Need to Develop a Thick Skin
- Neil Gaiman’s “Make Good Art” Speech
- Feeling Down About Your Writing? :c
- Elizabeth Gilbert’s Inspirational Speech on the ‘Genius’
- Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing
- "I am not as good as other writers" (and other lies)
- The 7 Cardinal Rules of Writing Life
- Be A Little Delusional
Planning, Outlining, and Getting Started
- M. Kirin’s (Strange) Guide to Planning Your Novel
- M. Kirin’s Click-n-Drag Story Generator
- Which outlining method is the best? (Video)
- "I want to write a book but I have no idea where to start"
- The Story-Idea Test
- M. Kirin’s Secret for Starting books, and Finishing Them
- M. Kirin’s Top 3 Tips to Start Writing and Never Stopping
- The 10-Minute Writing Trick
- Tips for writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal
- How Much Worldbuilding is Enough?
- M. Kirin’s #1 Tip For Improving Your Writing
- Let’s Talk About: Show VS Tell
- The Difference Between Character & Plot (The Marcy Rule)
- M. Kirin talks about authentic dialogue
- The grammatical side of dialogue
- How do I write numbers in dialogue?
Editing & Revision
- M. Kirin’s Top 5 Revision Tips
- How to Love and Care for Your Beta Readers
- M. Kirin’s (subjective) secret recipe for the second draft
- When is the best time to edit a story?
- M. Kirin Talks About Editing, and Speeding Up Your Story
- M. Kirin Uses Evernote to Revise Books
- "Kill Your Darlings" VS "Cut What You Love"
- Writing Killer Plot-Twists and Mystery Novels
- "How long is a Rough Draft compared to the Finished Draft?"
Hot Button Issues
- Realism is a dirty word
- Racist & homophobic language in fiction
- Inaccuracy in Fiction (Video)
- M. Kirin drops a few bombs on ‘creative vocabulary’
- "I want to write but I don’t have the time"
- Is it bad to have too many LGBTQIA or POC characters?
- "My antagonist is POC/LGBTQIA, is this bad?"
- "All my characters are LGBTQIA, is this bad?"
- When to let go of a story
- Is it rational to be afraid of what people will think of you?
- Let’s Talk About: Deus Ex Machina
- Let’s Talk About: Coincidence in Writing
- Let’s Lightly Talk About: Plagiarism & Copyright
- Writing About Things You Have Never Experienced
- "Do you need to go to college/university to be a good writer?"
- My book is similar to something already out, what do I do?
- M. Kirin’s Cure For Writer’s Block (and Life Block)
- Overcoming the First Sentence
- Overcoming the First Sentence, Again
- Overcoming the First Sentence, Redux
- The 10-Minute Rule
- Making Boring Scenes FUN to Write!
- Stories are like children
- Let’s Talk About Titles (And Then Talk Some More)
- M. Kirin Reveals the ‘Secret’ Behind Style
- How much description/scenery is too much?
- How can I write faster?
- I want my readers to love my characters
- I think my book may be too short for my genre
- My story doesn’t have an Antagonists, should I add one?
- I killed one of my main characters by mistake, what do I do?
- M. Kirin’s Writing Advice for Fleshing out Romantic Relationships
- A warning about character names and meanings
- Help! My characters are not doing what I expected them to!
- Help! My characters are misbehaving! D:
- A warning about character sheets
- A talk about the beauty of first drafts, and pacing
- Is getting attached to your characters… bad?
- A note on Antagonism, and whether you need a villain or not
- Past or present tense?
- Is swearing okay? And other muthafuckin’ truths
- "What emotion do you find hardest to write?"
- "What writing software do you use?"
- Communication, a must for collaborative works
- Researching illegal things, cousin? I got just the thing for you!
- Joss Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips
- M. Kirin’s Tarot Cheat-Sheet
- Writing Tips for Storytelling in Video-Games
- Fair Use In Novels (by thedancingwriter)
- Let’s Talk About: Pen Names!
- Let’s Talk About: Reactive VS Proactive Characters
- Let’s Talk About: Transitioning Smoothly From Scene to Scene
- Let’s Talk About: Writing The Climax (& Resolution)
- Let’s Talk About: Writing The End
- Let’s Talk About: Spies
- Let’s Make a Title (To A Story You Haven’t Finished)
Writing Music & Playlists
- Writing In The Dark (Relaxing, Unobtrusive)
- Writing About Love (All the Feels)
- Writing & Fighting! (Super Intense!)
- Writing About Horror (Welcome to Lavender Town)
- Royalty And Noble Blood (Medieval Writing Playlist)
- Digital Reality (Cyberpunk/Futuristic Playlist)
- Lost In The Wild (Survival/Nature Playlist)
- No Hero (Danger, Action, and Anti-Heroes!)
- Mermaid Magic (Sunken Cities, Sea Monsters, and Magic!)
- After The Bomb (Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian)
- Sorrow (Death, Grief, and Despair)
- Music For Writers: Portal 2 Soundtrack (FREE)
- M. Kirin’s Writing Playlists: Ravensgem
- M. Kirin’s Writing Playlists: Justine’s Blood
- M. Kirin’s Favorite Music to Listen to While Writing
- M. Kirin’s Secret For Making Playlists
Last Updated: 10-04-14. Click HERE to see the latest update. Latest posts are in Italics.
Self-Portrait in Neon Lights
October 5, 2014
You’ll think of me as a modern artwork, neon lights in various colors spelling out various words and phrases that have no context, make no sense. A lot of people say that modern art makes no sense to them. That they don’t understand. I simply tell them things don’t have to make sense to be art. But you’ve always been so realistic, and I’ve always been so abstract, and I think that’s one set of opposites that didn’t attract. I never made sense to you. You never understood me.
You’ll think of me like the headlights of a car racing along a midnight highway in an attempt to chase down the stars. I should know by now that the stars are light years away and that I will never reach them, and that the same goes for you. But I’ll hold staring contests with the stars anyway until the constellations flicker out of sight in the not-quite-autumn air that hums like the fluorescent lightbulbs in my bathroom.
You’ll think of me as the vacancy signs hanging in the windows of cheap Las Vegas motels, where people go when they no longer have money to spend on luxurious resorts and fancy drinks. I’ve always been wary of gambling because throwing away everything you have just for a chance to get something you’ve always wanted seemed so naïve. Now I see that all those vacancy signs are lit up with the word NO, and I look back and realize that with you, I was gambling all along.
You’ll think of me as the streetlamp glow slipping in through your window after your bedroom lights are turned out and you’re laying alone in the darkness, trying and failing to remember my face in the same way I can no longer remember yours. You’ll just see a hollow and undefined black shape where I once burned myself into your retinas as if you had stared directly into the sun.
You’ll think of me as if I’m made of neon lights and I will be gone.
The Day of Writing
Sean (7-weeks) and I are doing a Day of Writing today! I won’t be on Tumblr at all or any social media during the next however many hours are left until September 27, 2014 is over. This post has actually been scheduled; I’m not even logged in right now (well, right now I am, but when this posts I won’t be). I’m excited to see how much I can get done in LTL! I’ll post something tomorrow about whatever progress I made.Sincerely,
The first chapter is always the hardest chapter.
NaNoWriMo 2014 Plans
I had previously made a post about how I wasn’t going to ever do NaNoWriMo ever ever ever again.
Basically, since I’m taking a gap year off from school and such, I have no commitments standing in my way of NaNoWriMo 2014—no high school, no college, no job, no career, no life, really—and so I figured, why not give it one more shot? I can put all my time and energy into a novel this November, and I can do it well.
I’ve figured out the problem with Camp is it’s in the summer, which is generally a good thing for schedules, but my level of sedentariness increases exponentially between June and August. Hopefully I’ll be able to overcome that in the winter months!
So, long story short, I’m giving National Novel Writing Month one last shot. Because this is it. This year’s autumn months are the most free I will ever have in my entire life. I have nothing standing in my way. So I’m going to do this.
September 7, 2014 (via audacieusement)