Cheat Sheets for Writing Body Language

We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.

by Amanda Patterson

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Reblog if you think fanfiction is a legitimate form of creative writing.







it’s sometimes better … 

Cheers to all you talented Scandal FF writers. Y’all have been slaying canon writers this season! Brava!!!

Some legitimately great writers begin with fanfiction and move on from there.

I agree. I’ve read stuff from multiple fandoms, and there’s some truly gifted writers out there.

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How to Improve Flat Characters


If you’re having trouble making your characters interesting or you feel like all your characters turn out the same, you’re probably creating flat characters. If your character hasn’t undergone a significant change during the course of your novel or your audience is having trouble relating to them, you need find ways to improve this. It’s important to remember that all your characters need to have goals, no matter how small, and they need to be actively working toward those goals to stay interesting.

Your protagonist should be relatable and realistic. Even if your readers don’t necessarily agree with what they’re doing, they should be able to feel what your protagonist is going through. This is your job as a writer. You need to get your readers to understand their thought process or what they’re going through, even if they’ve never experienced it themselves. This can be achieved by using real-life emotions in your story, so it’s important you don’t ignore the emotional aspects of storytelling. Most people will understand love, fear, sadness, happiness—EVEN if they’ve never been in the situation your protagonist is in.

One of the most important things to remember is that your character’s actions should remain realistic. And I don’t mean that they need to do things only we can do in our world, but their actions need to stay true to their world. Their actions should make sense in context to what they’re going through.

Your protagonist should also be a problem solver and proactive. A character with good morals will have integrity, but we all know not all main character have good intentions. However, all protagonists should be able to do things on their own, or else they’re going to be a weak protagonist. I’m not saying they don’t need help, but they need to overcome the big challenges on their own. They can’t just stand around waiting for everyone else to finish things. They need to take initiative at some point, and this should be due to their personal growth throughout the story.

Here are some tips on improving flat characters:

Focus on primary traits, complexity traits, and character flaws.

Primary traits: Every character you write should have primary traits. These are things like smart, funny, inquisitive, etc. These aren’t necessarily anything deep, but they give the reader enough to understand what sort of category or archetype that character fits in.

Complexity traits: Adding complexity traits will be what adds more depth to your characters, and will make your characters interesting. This is necessary if you are building lead characters/main characters. With complexity traits, you plan out the primary traits with more detail. For example, if your character is smart explain what he or she is smart in. Does he or she know a lot about history? Are they good at math?

Character Flaws: Finally, give that character flaws. These flaws humanize your characters and they generally stand in the way of your character’s success.  It’s important that your characters fail sometimes and that these failures are a result of their personal flaws. No one wants to see a perfect character. We want to see someone who is able to pull themselves back together after experiencing failure. We want to see them earn their success.

Next, focus on character goals and motivations.

Character goals: Every single character your write needs to want something. They need to have a goal and those goals will drive your story forward. For example, your main character might want to run a marathon. It’s a big deal for them and they spend your entire novel training (and failing at training) until the end when they finally do it. Running that marathon is their goal throughout your novel and they won’t stop until they succeed. Remember, character goals are different from motivations.

Also, keep in mind that even secondary characters need to want something. Develop each character and make sure you understand why they want to do something. What do they get from helping out your main character? Why do they care so much? Think about what’s at stake for them.

Motivations: There are certain things that will push your characters forward. Expanding on the marathon scenario above, maybe your main character has to finish a marathon because they will win 1 million dollars if they do. Maybe their family is poor and this is the only way to help them. That’s your character motivation. It’s obvious they really care about their family and they need the money. It’s important to understand why your character is doing something and why they want something. What will accomplishing their goals do for them? Why do they need to do? Again, what’s at stake if they don’t?

Character development is a long, in-depth process, but hopefully following these steps will help you out. It’s important that you keep your characters proactive or else you run the risk of them becoming boring. Characters that work actively toward their goals are the most interesting.

-Kris Noel

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I made a slideshow about how to create a fictional character… I got most of the information from the ‘start writing fiction’ (free) course on the OpenUniversity website and found it incredibly useful so here’s a visual version for you :)

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From IGN - Interview with Dave Filoni on how EU will be seen. Good for #RP knowledge.

"My approach has always been to utilize the Expanded Universe as basically a base of ideas. That was very much how George used it. He would see things like Aayla Secura or Quinlan Vos, and he would say, "Oh, that’s neat. Let’s use that," but he would never really use them quite in the way that the comic books told the story. So I think that that’s completely fair, being the person that had created Star Wars, to go like, "Well, I like that idea, but this is how I would tell the story." That’s not too different when you see that sometimes Percival and Galahad are very similar questing knights, and sometimes they’re different; they have different names with different spellings. Good stories and storytelling often branch out and have multiple stories. But as you know, a lot of my life for the last 10 years has been discussing that with fans who love the EU, and I don’t mind at all. I think the key for me is I never would subtract and tell them that, "Hey, you can’t like those stories." If you love those stories, they count for you, and I think that that’s great. Who am I? I’m lucky enough to make this show, but I try to give a nod where I can to things I know people will like." ~Dave Filoni

REBLOG: To tell us 1 thing that gets on your last nerve about RPing on social media?

Any fandom. Any Genre. Any Character. PROCESS NOT PERSONAL!


ianthinaria asked: When did Vader and Maul fight?



Ok, lets talk about this. So this evil cult species (or whatever they are, I forget) create this doppelganger of Maul with all his skills, memories, etc. and he fights Vader.

Of course this entire concept is just a fan service~ Enough people were like ‘WHAT IF MAUL AND VADER FOUGHT’ and then DHC was just like ‘ok fuck it, who needs continuity anyways' and made this comic.

But you guys, this is like, one of my favorite comics despite it being complete bullshit that would never happen.


At one point Maul recognizes that Vader still has good in him and describes it as something like “a lone light in the darkness that you refuse to extinguish" and refers to Vader as "jedi" throughout the fight and I just,


90% of the time Maul dominates because he’s more skilled, (especially compared to Vader’s mechanics which put a lot of strains on him that Anakin never had), but at the end Maul asks Vader something like “what could you possibly hate enough to destroy me?” (because you know sith draw power from their hate) and Vader says “myself.” and kills Maul. AND I TRASHED MY ROOM AND CRIED. I CANNOT HANDLE.

So yeah, this comic will fuck you up. Would not recommend. Jk go buy it~

Darth Vader vs Darth Maul

Building Cultures



So, I did write a post about building nations and culture some time ago, but my plan has changed. Initially, I was going to write a series of articles about it, but I think, given that Tumblr doesn’t really have a ‘series link’ as such, I’ll compile it all into one.

In this article you’ll find advice on:

  • Building the Physical World

  • Growing Culture

    • Resources

    • Religion

    • Architecture

    • Society

    • Leadership

    • Cultural Identity

  • Cultural Relations

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