M. B. Writer

I am a writer. My goal is to create a piece of epic proportions. I love fiction in all of its varieties but I am particularly fond of Fantasy and Science Fiction. I believe that writers can impact their readers and inspire greatness in everyone who comes into contact with their works.

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"Too many books?" I believe the phrase you’re looking for is "not enough bookshelves".

Writing tips 109: 33 Writing Terms You Should Know 



As with all activities, writing fiction involves getting to grips with professional jargon. The following are some of the more common terms you may come across as you learn your craft and market your writing.

POV (Point of View): the eyes through which the events…

(Source: dailywritingtips.com)




Hair color reference chart. It’s not perfect, but from what I could gather it’s pretty accurate.

dont let the fanfic writers see this

You forgot titian.




Force kids in school to read crappy, overrated books that are “the best books ever written” solely because they’re “classics” and then call those kids idiots because those aren’t the kind of books they like to read and sit back and wonder why we have a nation full of multiple generations worth of people who willfully and proudly refuse to read.


This is everything that’s wrong with the literature part of public education.

151 must visit writing websites


Some links I have found in various Tumblr Posts that I have saved on my computer. I do not take credit for collecting all these links. Unfortunately, I did not have the mind to save/note where these various links come from. Thank you to whoever compiled these links together.

General Writing Tips, Guides and Advice

How to be Confident in Your Writing
Start Your Novel Already!
Why First Chapters Matter
How to Outline a Novel
Incorporating Flashbacks
Word Building 101
Common Mistakes in Writing
Tips on Getting Started
What Not to Do
7 Tips to Become a Better Writer from Stephen King
How to Use Reading to Become a Better Writer
Why Writers Must Read
How to Finish What You Start: A Five-Step Plan for Writers
31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing
10 Tips to Write Fanfiction
Writing a Blurb
10 Writing Tips
Perfecting Description
Point of View
Speed Up Your Writing
Recieving Bad News
Useful Writing Apps
Avoiding Clichés
Writing Lessons
Finding Inspiration

Plot and Conflict

What is Conflict?
Where’s Your Conflict?
Adding Conflict to Your Scenes
Guides for Using Inner Conflict That Makes Sense
Plotting Your Novel
Internal and External Conflict
The Top Ten Plotting Problems
The Elements of Plot Development
Plot Help
Writing a Plot Your Own Way
Plot Development
Develop a Plot
Tension and Conflict
Your Plot, Step by Step
Plot vs. Exposition
Plot and Conflict

Character Development

How to Describe the Body Shape of Female Characters

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Placement of Speech Tags

All About Names

List of Names

Genre Based

20 Tips to Writing Love Scenes


Word Count



For all the artists out there. xoxo

And if you can’t make something today, you can always try tomorrow! It’s good just to try!

(Source: tothless)


5 Books on Writing That Every Writer Should Read

To be a better writer, there are really only things that you need to do: Read, and write. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t read about being a writer, and that having a well-rounded understanding of how writing “works” isn’t beneficial.

These 5 books were all assigned to me as a creative writing undergrad, and all have pieces of wisdom in them that have etched themselves so thoroughly into my brain that I feel like they’re all floating over my head while I’m writing.

I specifically chose these because they aren’t all just saying “here’s how I write, you should do it too”the topics of these books are very diverse!

1. Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose: Like I said, the best thing you can do to be a better writer is read. But what does that mean? What should you read? Francine Prose (yes, that is her real last name, if you can even believe it!) helps you answer those questions, and shows how looking for certain things while you read and reread can strengthen your own writing. Check it!

2. On Writing by Stephen King: This is the one book on my list that is saying “here’s how I write, you should too”. But Stephen King is basically the most prolific writer ever, so I was happy to listen to his advice. Two points of his really stuck with me: 1. Adverbs are lazy and 2. Sometimes the best thing you can do for a story is put it down for a long timelike, 6 months or a yearand come back to it with eyes so fresh that it’s like you’re editing someone else’s story. I’d be interested to know what points of his sticks with you guys!

3. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott: I posted about this the other day, but this book is like my writing Bible. In fact, a friend of mine who doesn’t even write got to reading it, and he loved it, too. Basically if you’re a human with a goal, this book will help you. And Anne Lamott writes kinda like this wise, kind mother who isn’t afraid to also tell you what’s up. Whereas a lot of other books on writing are about the actual storytelling, I like this book because it’s more about the writer’s “lifestyle”. Go get it now so that we can gush together!

4. The Philosophy of Composition by Edgar Allan Poe: This is actually just an essay, but considering that Poe is often credited with being the inventor of the modern short story, I had to include it on this list. It’s in this essay that Poe famously defined a short story as one that can be told in one sitting. Whereas King’s On Writing is really “zoomed in” on topics like word choice, this essay is a high level, theoretical piece on what a story actually is. You can get it for 99 cents on Kindle, or, even better, read it as part of a collection of all of his stories… ugh, they’re SO good!!!

5. Elements of Style by Strunk & White: I cannot tell you how often I’ve received this little book as a giftfor high school graduation, for college graduation, and for many Christmases and birthdays. But it’s all good because it is kinda essential for a writer to have. Elements of Style is all aboutgasp!grammar. (I should probably give it a read-through again so that I can re-center and remember my grammatical skillz, actually!) Also, there are some cute versions out now that make it seem less snore-fest-yI really want this illustrated copy!

If you read any of these books and post quotes from them on your Tumblr, tag them #yeahwritebooks and I’ll reblog you!


Using Myths for Writing Prompts

Writing prompts are an excellent way to stay in good writing shape. We post a daily writing prompt on our Facebook page. It is also available on our Creative Blog
If you’re looking for some inspiration, you may enjoy an article I wrote last year about using Lyrics as Writing Prompts. I am always looking for new writing exercises, and I wanted to explore the concept of myths as prompts. I think this could be a great exercise for your writing group.
What is a myth?
A myth is a traditional, usually ancient story involving supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes. It is used to explain aspects of the natural world or to show the psychology, customs, or ideals of a society. Myths exist in every culture across the globe. Examples include Eros and Psyche, the Myth of CreationDaedalus and Iccarus,Noah and the Great Flood, the myth of Arthur and Camelot, and The Rain Queen.
Why don’t you write a myth using one of these ideas as inspiration?


The Fiction Police by Tom Gauld

I could live in this world.


How can I help people by writing stories?

People tell you up front: there’s no money in this gig. Really, honest and true, there’s not, even if you’re a lucky son of a gun and write a best-seller, because you can’t count on it every time. One of the first big decisions you make as a writer is that you aren’t doing it for the fame, or even the moola. 

You have other reasons, and you find some along the way. 

You say, “I want to give people what other people gave me.” You want to give someone something they can work with, and turn into another marvellous thing they can pass on, and make a life a smidgen better, even for one day. 

If that’s the magic formula you seek … I got nothing for you. 

Jk. I love you, c’mere and let me show this. 

1. Find a Truth: the old advice we hear came from someone who really, really wanted other people to know what they did. Live for today, count your blessings, start now, eat your vegetables, don’t worry about it so much- these all meant something to somebody and are passed down in one way or another because they had meaning in someone’s life. Find a piece of advice you want to give, something that’s really true to you, and make it true to one of your characters. Let them learn that lesson as they make mistakes and grow in your story. Let it resonate with them, because that’s how it resonates with the reader.

2. Get Inspiration-Support: does it have to make you sob and thank somebody above? Naw, dawg. Just read. Watch movies, and tv shows. Go for walks outside. Learn junk about the world and stuff like that. Go do something with people you love, or appreciate the quiet somewhere special to you. Be free, and open-minded, and a little crazier than you normally are. You inspired = readers inspired. But, you know that one, don’t you, you bunch of smarties?

3. Accuracy & Creativity: what really gets me as a reader is when someone can put something into words that shouldn’t be. Y’know? Feelings aren’t words, they’re feelings, you psycho. That mountain ain’t in my living room, get it out of there. This is a hard one, I know. This kind of takes experience, keen observation, and well, a talent for it- but a talent that can come with time. I’m way better at describing … well, everything, than I was when I started. Give it time.

4. Originality: … well, duh, you say. But, duh yourself, this is important. Take me somewhere new. Lower my defences when I read by flipping my expectations on their snotty little heads. Won’t I feel the fool for thinking I knew everything? … Wow, I mean, you opened my eyes, there, I totally didn’t know about that. I am an inspired reader hear me roar.

5. Give Them Something to Do: Sometimes, it pays to be vague. The reason fandoms are born is because readers/viewers really love the heck out of what they read/see, and they want more. The writer (or whoever) has somehow promised awesomeness is happening in the background of this already awesome story, but hasn’t gone into it. A backstory, perhaps? A side-character or two that aren’t explained as thoroughly as the rest? A whole new world with an ever-expanding mythology? People want to be a part of that. People want to show their appreciation by making things. I know fan-created content sometimes gets a bad rap for being amateurish, or whatever else, but my god. It’s awesome that an entire group of people can love something so much that they create all new things for it. That’s awesome.

And so are you, rough copy kitties. Write on.

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