45 Things I Want to See More of in Stories (Post-Apocalyptic Edition)


  1. Leftover inconveniences (braces, casts, etc.)
  2. Renewable energy
  3. Creative attempts at fuel
  4. Cooperation
  5. Warlords
  6. Increased infant mortality
  7. Change in hierarchy (laborers more important than white-collar workers, etc.)
  8. New governmental structures
  9. Mercenary groups
  10. Formation of new states
  11. Formation of non-state groups
  12. Regrowth of land
  13. Lack of food security
  14. Reduction in gun usage (as ammunition runs out)
  15. Decrease in age of pregnancy and/or marriage (as life expectancy decreases)
  16. Direct effects of the apocalyptic event
  17. Increased multi-generational homes (as building houses becomes difficult again)
  18. Increased multi-family homes
  19. Attempts at sophisticated surgery with rudimentary tools
  20. Reduction in birth control
  21. General reduction in technology that requires sophisticated manufacturing
  22. Simple food
  23. Handmade clothing
  24. Clothing from animal products
  25. Houses built for natural lighting
  26. Attempted—and failed—swift adjustments to lack of technology
  27. Changes in views of morality
  28. Different types of law enforcement
  29. Changes in religion
  30. Attempted attachment to old societies
  31. Deliberate breakaways from old societies
  32. Attempts to cling on to old ideas of beauty despite changes in available beauty products
  33. Reduction in hygiene
  34. Increase in water-borne illnesses and parasites
  35. Lack of clean water
  36. Reduction in luxury goods
  37. Increase in homelessness
  38. Lack of communication capabilities
  39. Return to radio
  40. Lack of light pollution
  41. Attempted school systems
  42. Return to apprenticeship-style teaching
  43. Return to agricultural-style living
  44. Dealing with environmental fallout from apocalyptic event
  45. Dealing with environmental fallout from previous generations
So You’re an Undergraduate Student and It’s Your First Paper


So You’re an Undergraduate Student and It’s Your First Paper


We’ve all been there. You’ve gone through Freshman Orientation, bonded with your dorm, combed through the Course Directory to select the most interesting classes you could find, and even figured out how to use the library database. But now it’s your first paper, and your teacher seems kind if a bit intimidating. You haven’t yet felt comfortable raising your hand in class, but you want to blow the…

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Anonymous asked:
I'm writing a story about a famous rock singer and a normal girls he falls in love with. How would I go about writing the aspects I know nothing about, especially backstage and stuff?


Well, even if you haven’t done the things you’re writing about, other people out there have. It’s all about research… which can seem like a bit of a slog and really, really boring, but there’s more to research than hitting the text books…!

I’m assuming you like music to be writing about a rock singer. Pick out some of your favourite bands and see if you can get a hold of any of their tour DVDs. That’s like a backstage pass right from your living room. It also helps to read biographies/autobiographies which give you a taste of the rock star life, as well as the kind of things that can realistically happen during a gig (both on and behind the stage).

Things to keep in mind:

  • Famous singers travel around a lot. Tours can last months and sometimes years, so if he’s world-famous (as opposed to locally famous), then it’s likely your rock singer will be bouncing from country-to-country with his band to promote his music and give something back to the fans.
  • When the band isn’t touring, they’ll be creating music. Recording and creative sessions can happen pretty much anytime, anywhere. Depending on the kind of sound they want for their tracks, they might have to go for more unconventional recording methods (such as the Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light [2011] being recorded old-school with analog equipment in Dave Grohl’s garage).
  • Fame is unforgiving. If your rock singer has hit the big-time, then he won’t be able to move without somebody seeing it. The media has a lot of fun with famous people and the rumours that come to surround them. Fame also brings with it a whole host of unusual, passionate and sometimes down-right bizarre fans. Potentially, there are a lot of conflicts that could get between him and the girl he’s in love with.

Now you just need to look for more detailed information. You can start by checking out some of the resources below, but always seek to go beyond what the internet can offer you…!


Basically, just type your favourite band(s) into Google and add ‘documentary’ on the end to find similar kinds of videos…


I hope this helps you out a little bit, Anon…

Best of luck!

Anonymous asked:
hey im writing a ya novel which is a dark fantasy. how would i be abke to make it a balance between tha darkness of the fantasy but not too dark that it isnt suitable for ya? it has a gory death at the end btw

It all depends on how much detail you write for whatever you’re describing. With YA, less detail allows you to get away with a lot more. I’ve read some pretty gruesome scenes in YA books that don’t hold back on what the POV character sees, smells, or feels and there are plenty of YA books that handle serious or dark topics and the realities of those topics.

So, it all comes down to what happens and how you describe it. I can’t really tell you what the line is or what the correct balance is because it depends on your individual story. You can get a better opinion through beta readers that are familiar with the darker side of YA.

Anonymous asked:
I was reading through the tags for beginnings, and I understand that doing "portals to new worlds" and "waking up" beginnings are pretty bad to do. However, how else could you write a beginning to a story with a main character that ends up in a world that she's not familiar with?

I answered a similar question on portal fantasy beginnings here.

15 Second Thunder


No momentum today?

Set a timer. Write as much as you can in 15 seconds. Nonsense sentences, overheard conversations, it doesn’t matter. Go off with thunder and lighting for just 15 seconds. Set a goal, like filling an entire page or race against yourself for word number count.

Chances are, you’ll want to keep writing longer than that once you’ve found something that strikes your interest. (Hope you appreciate the bonus pun.)


Anonymous asked:
My story has some scary bits, and I was feeling really good about them! But last night, I discovered that it shares a few scenarios with a Silent Hill game... I'd rather watch other people play horror games than do it myself, so I had no idea of the similarities. Now I'm worried that it may not look as great as I first thought. I showed the part in question to a friend, who loved it, but Silent Hill is a pretty popular series, and I have concerns that someone might get the wrong idea...

Silent Hill anon again, realizing more detail might be of use, lol. Specifically, I have a haunted amusement park, with particular significance to the carousel and one of the roller coasters. As far as the haunting is concerned, it’s not quite a literal hell hole, as I understand Silent Hill to be. Mine is pretty basic, actually; there was a murder, followed by a ghostly revenge, and the park is haunted by both spirits.

Haunted amusement parks and amusement parks used as a place for horrific, hellish, paranormal, or supernatural events is not specific to Silent Hill. It’s pretty common in fiction and in urban legends. No one is going to immediately think of Silent Hill unless Silent Hill is the only amusement park of doom they’re aware of or if you has something super specific that is the exact same. You shouldn’t worry too much about it.

See How Do I Make This Different for tips if you’re worried about the similarities.