1. aimeeofrp:

    In the link below you will find #1,345 small mostly hq gifs of Ashton Irwin that are all under 1mb. I tried to remove any repeats and apologize if I missed any. None of the gifs are mine and I don’t take credit for making them. Please like or reblog if you download.

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  2. Character Personalities: What Are You Doing To Kill Your Novel?

    not-so-classicallytrainedwriter:

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    Nothing kills a novel faster than flat characters. So, you might be wondering, do your characters fall into that category? Of course not, you’re an excellent writer, your characters are absolutely perfect…. No. They probably aren’t. But here’s how you check: 

    Are your characters fundamentally flawed (in a bad way)?

    1. Can your characters speak without dialogue tags? If there’s no dialogue tag required, that means your characters all have their own voices and ways of saying things. Having six different accents isn’t going to help anyone, but a different tone and attitude for each different character is a good thing. 

    2. Are they too perfect? There’s nothing an average reader hates more than a character who is too beautiful, smart, funny, kind, athletic all-in-one. It doesn’t happen. Those people may exist, but they are freaks. Make sure they read as freaks. Otherwise, no one’s perfect.

    3. Do all your characters have their own problems? The rule of thumb: all secondary characters should think that the story revolves around them. People are self-centered! They don’t spend every second of everyday worrying about their bestie who’s in a coma. They’re also probably thinking about whether or not they have a chance the hottie on the stretcher in the Emergency Room! 

  3. Guide: Describing Clothing and Appearance

    writing-questions-answered:

    When Describing a Character

    DO:

    • provide enough detail to give the reader a sense of the character’s physical appearance 
    • highlight details that serve as clues to who the character is and perhaps what their life is like
    • describe clothing to establish character or when relevant to scene

    DON’T:

    • go overboard with too many details or take up too much of the reader’s time describing one character
    • repetitively describe features or fixate on certain characteristics
    • describe clothing every time the character shows up unless its somehow relevant to the scene. 
    • describe minor characters’ clothing in-depth unless it’s relevant


    Choose a Focal Point

    When describing a character’s appearance, choose a focal point and work up or down from there. For example, you may describe them from head to toe, or from toe to head. Try not to skip around. If you’re describing their face, start with their hair and work your way down to their mouth, or start at the mouth and work your way up to their hair.


    Describing Race and Ethnicity

    There is a lot of debate about the right and wrong way to describe a person’s race. If you want, you can state that a person is Black, white, Hispanic, Native American, First Nations, Latino, Middle-Eastern, Asian, Pacific Islander, etc. Just remember that races are made up of different ethnic groups. Someone of Asian descent could be Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc. If you’re describing a character whose ethnicity is unknown or not important to the plot, you could just say that they were Asian or Black, for example. But, the rest of the time you need to be clear about whether they are Chinese, Chinese American, Korean, etc. Also, remember that not all Black people are African-American, such as someone born in England or Haiti, for example.

    You may instead choose to describe a character’s race through the color of their hair, eyes, and skin. It’s up to you which you feel most comfortable with and is most appropriate for your story. Just remember, if you describe one character’s skin color or otherwise make an issue of their race, you should describe every character’s skin color or race.


    Describing Clothing

    Just like with physical appearance, when describing clothing you want to choose a focal point and work up or down. Think about things like the garments they’re wearing (pants, shirt, coat) and accessories (hat, jewelry, shoes). Be sure to choose clothing which are both relevant to your character and to the time and place where your story is set. You can find out about appropriate clothing by Googling the time and place your story is set plus the word clothing:

    "Clothing in Victorian England"
    "Clothing in 1960s New York"
    "9th century Viking clothing"

    Be sure to look for web sites that aren’t providing cheap Halloween costumes. Shops providing clothes for historical reenactors are often very accurate.


    Looking for Inspiration

    There are many resources online for both historical and modern clothing. For historical clothing, you can look for web sites about the period, web sites for or about historical reenactors, or web pages for historical enthusiasts or museums. For modern clothing, you can simply pull up the web site of your favorite department store or clothing designer. Choose an outfit that works for your character, then learn how to describe the relevant parts.


    Resources for Describing Clothing:

    Describing Clothing
    Describing Clothes
    Writing Tips on Describing Clothes
    Describing Clothes and Appearance (If You Should at All)


    Resources for Garments and Accessories:

    Shirts
    Trousers 
    Dress
    Types of Dress
    Shorts
    Briefs
    Panties
    Lingerie
    Bra
    Swimsuit
    Pajamas
    Shoes
    Coats and Jackets
    Sweaters
    Hats
    Jewelry
    Sunglasses
    Sleeves, Necklines, Collars, and Dress Types
    Scarves for Men
    Scarf Buying Guide
    The Ultimate Scarf Tying Guide



    Historical Clothing Resources:

    OMG That Dress!
    Period Fabric
    Amazon Dry Goods
    Reconstructing History
    Historic Threads
    Historical Costume Inspiration
    History of Costume: European Fashion Through the Ages
    Women’s Fashion Through the Years
    Clothing in the Ancient World
    Clothing in Ancient Rome
    Clothing in Biblical Times
    Vintage Fashion Guild



    Modern Clothing Resources:

    Clothes on Pinterest
    Polyvore
    Fashion Dictionary
    This is a Fashion Blog
    What I Wore
    Fashion is Endless


    Physical Details Resources:

    Women’s Body Shapes
    Men’s Body Shapes
    Face Shapes
    Realistic Eye Shape Chart
    Facial Hair Types
    How to Describe Women’s Hair Lengths
    The Ultimate Haircut Guide for Women
    Men’s Haircuts (Barber Shop Style)
    A Primer on Men’s Hairstyles
    Hair Color
    Obsidian Bookshelf Hair Color
    Obsidian Bookshelf Eye Color
    Skin Color Chart
    Curl and Texture Chart

  4. Dove Cameron Gif Directory

    ezrarph:

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    ~I found all of these by going to the bottom of all of her tags. I did not include crackship gifs that said that they took gifs from others. If you feel that I have missed on, please let me know! If one of the links no longer works, please tell me. I checked all of them before hand but things change here pretty quick.If the gif hunt is in bold that means it is downloadable. If you see something of yours up here that you would like taken down please message me off anon.~

    Last Updated: 07-22-14

    General Gif Hunts:

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  5. rptheme-helper:

    ʀᴘᴛʜᴇᴍᴇ-ʜᴇʟᴘᴇʀ ᴄʜᴀʀᴀᴄᴛᴇʀ ᴘsᴅs : ᴍᴀᴋɪɴɢ ʜᴇᴀᴅʟɪɴᴇs

    I reached 1500 followers last week, so here’s my thank you gift (because I have no ideas to code). I’ll be releasing a character PSD as soon as I get them done every single day for the upcoming 15 days. This was originally created for a previous roleplay and was based off newspaper headlines.

    • Fonts used are Franchise and Open Sans which is also a Google Font
    • Image needs to be at least 245x340px
    • Basic knowledge on clipping masks advised
    • You can change the colours of pretty much everything including the background, the ribbons shapes and frame.
    • Download

    It should be fairly easy to edit but if you come across any problems, message me. The basic rules apply; don’t claim as your own, don’t redistribute and though credit is not required, it is much appreciated.

    Credits: 1 / Inspiration

  6. khuleesi:

    moodboard template #1 - district four

    hi y’all. well there’s a recent trend going around which i believe was started by tumblr user asheathes, and here i am jumping on the bandwagon with my own spin on the moodboard. feel free to customize as desired.

    like or reblog if downloading! [mediafire]

    notes & info:
  7. sassyobriens:

    under the cut you’ll find #152 gifs of the beautiful lindsey shaw !! you probably know her from either pretty little liars, or ned’s declassified school survival guide, but she’s done a few other shows and movies. none of these gifs are mine, and full credit goes to the original owners. please like/reblog if you found this useful!! and make sure to frickin use her ‘cause she’s gorgeous

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  8. hoodclifford:

    theme 3 - heart out 

    preview / code / theme blog 

    • 400px posts 
    • pop up link menu that goes over sidebar image 
    • total of four customizable links and the standard ask/home links
    • simple and easy to edit!!!!

    like usual please send me an ask if you have any questions or if there is something wrong with the code! please like and reblog if using. thanks!!!!  

  9. cararryofrp:

    CARARRYOFRP'S THEME 001 -- [LIVE PREVIEW] [DOWNLOAD] 
    • two 185px x 125px sidebar pictures (bottom and top of ribbon) on the left
    • gradient ribbon and link buttons which can be edited (colour)
    • 146px x 146px description with scrollbar
    • one extra link 
    • 300px-wide, full length sidebar on the right (optional)

    YOU ARE FREE TO USE AND EDIT FOR PERSONAL PURPOSES, BUT PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE THE CREDIT, REDISTRIBUTE OR CLAIM AS YOUR OWN!

    please like/reblog is using.

    in celebration of 800 followers, i have decided to post my first ever theme! i don’t have much experience in coding, so please bear with me. i know it isn’t the best, so sorry about that.

  10. Writing as a Lifestyle

    kamimcarthur:

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    When you decide to take writing seriously, you’re making a lifestyle choice as much as you are making a career choice. As a writer, you may have to change up your living conditions. If you haven’t made any sells yet, that might mean stretching your $20 or leaving your work only to come home and work some more. It might mean staying up late to get a chapter in or waking up early to fit in an hour of editing before your day job. Frankly, you’ll probably have to cut back on time with friends and family and hobbies, because to be a great writer, you have to not only write, but read, and study, and it helps to network and have an online presence as well.

    I’ve been living a writing lifestyle for over a two years now. This post will cover some things I’ve learned that have helped me be most productive.

    Finding (Making) Time

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    The most important thing about being a writer is to write! This is your priority. This means you need to put in the time and effort. Talking or daydreaming about it, or staring at the keyboard isn’t enough. If you’re a parent or work at another job, like I mentioned above, this might mean fitting time in at night or in the early morning, or during nap time. 

    If you have a more flexible schedule, try finding out what time of the day you write best, and schedule your life around it. I’ve heard that most writers work best right before or after sleeping, because that’s usually when the creative side of the brain is active. It’s true for me. So I wake up extra early and get in some writing before I go to work. If I have trouble getting back into my story in the afternoon, I take a power nap, and magically, writing becomes easier.  I was a little skeptical of this idea before, but now I know how it really can play a role in my productivity.

    Getting the Most out of Your Writing Session

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    You’ve made the time, now, make the most out of your time. This doesn’t mean writing as fast as you can. What’s the point of writing at all if you’re going to write crap? I mean do everything to get in your writing zone and stay there.
    This might mean finding your own quiet space where you can work without being bothered. For me, it’s more than that. It means watching what I do when I’m not writing, because that influences my productivity. Hunger, fatigue, brain fogs can all effect my fiction session. So I watch what I eat. Nothing can slow you down like poor health (physical, mental, or spiritual).

    Your Work Space

    It’s worth investing in items that will make your writing session more comfortable. When I first started this journey, I didn’t care much about my work space. Months into it, I found out what a difference a good chair, the right table height, and posture can make--it helped me write longer. I have an ergonomic keyboard and a trackball (that I can use with either hand) instead of a mouse so I can type more. I keep my laptop screen’s brightness at the lowest level to reduce the strain on my eyes. I also take eye vitamins now (and yes, they work.) I found I was more comfortable with a foot rest. Back in college, I started having severe pain in my hands. Luckily the doctors didn’t find anything serious, but now I take primrose and fish oils to help prevent the aches, so I can be more productive.If you want to write for many years to come, don’t skimp out on your health and work space. You can also make the most of your time by working out story problems while in the shower, eating lunch, or brushing your teeth, so that when your writing session starts, you’re ready. And of course, make the most out of your session by actually putting in the effort. Treat it like a job. Do whatever you need to stay focused.

    Prioritize

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    If you work too hard, too long, you’ll crash. Breaks aren’t overrated. But you’ll get the most out of your time if you prioritize.

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  11. Advice: Is Writing Not for Me? (Train Yourself to Write)

    writing-questions-answered:

  12. myboxoffc:

    Family template - irmãs: Bailee Madison x Maia Mitchell.

  13. royalhunts:

    #230 SMALL/MEDIUM, HIGH QUALITY GIFS OF MEAGAN TANDY CAN BE FOUND UNDER THE CUT. ALL OF THESE ARE WHAT I CONSIDER USABLE AND ARE MOSTLY TEXTLESS. A BIG THANKS TO THE OWNERS OF THESE GIFS AND MAKE SURE YOU LIKE OR REBLOG THIS POST IF YOU PLAN ON USING.

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  14. Beauty equals good, ugly bad

    mattwritesthings:

    By conventional beauty standards, that is. 

    It has been done to death. It’s lazy and boring 

    I know, I know, originality doesn’t exist anymore, but that doesn’t mean you should automatically default to what came before. I guess it’s a clichè at this point. 

    Visual shorthands are useful because they can convey a lot of information without actually spending that much time explaining them to the audience, plus they like figuring things out for themselves. 

    It goes back to the old chestnut of showing and not telling, but there are certain dangers involved:

    As I wrote here, putting thought into why you are giving someone certain visual traits can save you from having unwanted implications

    Your story will be less predictable 

    Audiences are so used to this dichotomy, that it often gives away who the antagonist is way before they should know about it. By designing all your characters in a way that’s less common, you might be able to surprise your readers. 

    You are hurting people who aren’t conventionally pretty

    Having variety of appearance is important, and by portraying the bad guys as the ugliest bastards on the planet, while having impossibly attractive good guys… yeah. You see where I am going with this? You can dodge this by having diversity on both sides. 

    Seeing yourself in fiction as a positive force is huge, and not being demonized for a change is even better.

    - Matt

  15. jqmesmcavoy:

    ADAMANTIUM THEME BY SKYRIMTHEMES
    so this theme was made back when i still considered myself to be a fandom blog, and this theme was made for me during that stage. it’s still considered one of my themes that aren’t the greatest, but enjoy anyway.

    contains a drop down navi, sidebar image*, colour presets**, 4 custom links, 500px posts, and lots more.
    *note: this theme will also look great without the sidebar image
    **note: do not under any circumstances put the colour as black, as it will stuff up the theme. you have been warned.

    preview | code