A surprisingly interesting book about the basics for any kind of writing.read post
This question can be taken multiple ways, and is most important if you write in first-person point of view and/or with lots of description.read post
This question may seem basic, but it says a lot about your character’s mindset and what they enjoy.
What is your character’s favorite game and why?
Some people like shooting hoops all day long. Others enjoy doing a thousands-piece puzzle with a cup of tea. One might prefer games purely luck-based, or they like gathering with friends for roleplaying games or video games. These four examples are just some possibilities, and they already hint to a person’s strengths and hobbies.
- Who do they like playing it with, or is it single-player?
- Why do they like this game?
Memoir title: My Boring Life
What this says: Sarcastic, doesn’t think their life has anything worth writing a memoir about, probably doesn’t really want to write a memoir anyway
Question they get asked the most: “Why aren’t you at school?”
What this says: Is (or at least looks) under 18, often doesn’t go to school — maybe homeschooled, skips class, can’t go for some reason…
If found dropped $50, they would: Take it
What this says: Might need it, might not; the other options might not have even crossed their mind
Current mood: Good
What this says: Something good might have just happened to them
Favorite game: Scrabble
What this says: Probably likes games that require skill and/or intelligence, has a wide vocabulary, may or may not enjoy active games and sports
There is a 50CharacterQuestions page now, which can be found here. You can see all the questions in the series so far, as well as some information on what it is.
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This question, while not describing your character as a whole, will be an immense help deciding what they say and do in the story.read post
A couple weeks ago I wrote the beginning of a story and invited anyone to continue it by typing in a box at the bottom. We are on Part 3 now — and here it is.read post
This question is a twist on the usual “What would they do with a million dollars?”.read post
This question can tell you some things about the character’s personality and how other people see them.read post
This question will help you know how your character views their life. It might give signs to whether they think positively or negatively, and their general personality. It might tell you how much they would enjoy doing this activity.The question is…
(I had no idea what to name this, so bear with me despite the odd title.)
Recently, I made a new category on Words on Key: Writing Tips.
As a random teenager who has never gone to college, published a book, or taught a class, you might be thinking that I am not qualified to give writing advice. And you’d be right.
What I do know about writing is that I love it. Also that I don’t want to only follow the rules of it. The reason I love it is because there are no rules.
When I give writing advice, it might not be what you’ve heard before, and it might not be something you agree with. Because it’ll be about my own thoughts, and there will never be rules, just ideas.
Here’s my first idea.read post
A bit ago I posted something called Help me write a story!. I offered the first few paragraphs of three different stories and invited anyone to continue writing either of them in a box at the bottom.
No one continued the story, which was kind of sad, so I convinced my nine-year-old brother to help (his blog). Here’s what he wrote.read post
Here is my proposal.
I will write a short first part of a story, and below the story there will be a box. Anyone, after reading the part, can type in the box a following short part. If it is the only submission, it will go next, and if not, I will choose one for the story. If no one contributes that time around, I will either write another part or ask someone I know to. We can see how long and where the story goes.read post
I decided to try something new, and made an infographic instead of the typical blog post. I had fun doing it, so I’ll probably do it again at some point. Click here to download it (don’t worry, it doesn’t take up much storage space).
P.S. Since I couldn’t have the best downloading quality without being a paying customer, the zoom may be a little weird for the download on a computer. I suggest you click on it, then set the zoom to 50-75% by pressing Ctrl + -, because otherwise it’s way too small or way too big.
What is good writing?
A question without a simple answer.
I am no expert at writing — or anything, for that matter. You need many years to gain expertise, and I haven’t had many years yet. But I do love writing, and I get better at it every day. Here are some things I have learned from online, other people, and my own experience.
Well, the coronavirus has taken a lot away from us. But at least it’s stopping us humans from destroying our planet so much! And, even “better,” it helps us learn oxymorons!Read more