character

Character Analysis

When you are planning to write a story, you want to give your character(s) a life, emotions, traits and so much more. Depending on the length of your story, you decide how much detail you want to put into it. These questions can help you to develop your character(s): What do you know about the character now that (s)he doesn’t yet know? When does my character live? Past, present or future? Where does my character live? In the country, the city, the suburbs, somewhere else? What is the socioeconomic background of my character? Does my character work? If so, at what? What is a typical day for my character like? Who lives with my character and what are their relationship?

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story openings

Story Openings

The opening of your story is where you should ‘hook’ your reader to read on. Action – Start your story in the middle of an action. Character / Setting – Begin your story by using descriptive words to describe a character or the setting. Dialogue – Open your story with dialogue, by starting a conversation between two characters. Exclamation – Start your story with an exclamation such as “He was furious!” Feeling – Share emotions you have about the topic. Flashbacks – Start your story with a flashback, remembering something that had happened. Internal monologue – The first line of your story contains a thought of your main character. Opposites – Start by stating opposites, for instance telling your reader it’s a beautiful day but something appalling

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preposition

Prepositions

A preposition is a word used to link nouns, pronouns, or phrases to other words within a sentence. Prepositions are usually short words, and they are normally placed directly in front of nouns. In some cases, you’ll find prepositions in front of gerund verbs. accuse of consist of participate in accustomed to depend on pleased with advise to deprive of prefer to afraid of die of protect from agree on / with different from punish for aim at distinguish from related to angry with / at dressed in rely on apologize for escape from satisfied with apply for forgive for save from approve of full of similar to arrive at / in good at smell of ashamed of guilty of

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bad

Replace ‘Bad’

The words below are not synonyms for the word ‘bad’, but simply other ways to say ‘bad’. Please check your dictionary to make sure he word you want to use in place of bad, says what you want it to say! abhorrent foul obscene abject galling odious abominable ghastly offensive annoying grievous pejorative appaling hateful repellent atrocious harmful reprehensible awful heinous reprobate barbaric hellish repugnant base hideous repulsive beastly horrendous revolting brutal horrible rotten calamitous horrid ruinous contemptible horrific scandalous cursed horrifying shocking degenerate icky sickening deleterious ignoble sinful despicable ignominious sinister detestable immoral sordid detrimental inclement swinish diabolical infamous terrible dire infernal treacherous disagreeable iniquitous unpalatable disheartening injurious unpleasant disgusting loathsome unworthy dismaying lousy vexatious displeasing malevolent vicious distasteful

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writing process

Writing Process

  The writing process consist of five steps, but they are not linear. You can move on to the next step, back to a previous one and then on to the next one again. PREWRITING Getting your thoughts down on paper – freewrite, brainstorm, outline, notes. Begin with a thought web or word list and brainstorm ideas. Decide on a purpose, audience, format and tone. Think about what you want to say. Then, create a plan to organize your ideas. Select key ideas and questions to get you started. WRITING (DRAFTING) Putting your ideas and thoughts together – sentences and paragraphs. Write your ideas in order and choose one or more to start your writing. Write out the details with

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Writing is a marathon, not a sprint.

The Marathon

Originally, the Smut Marathon was run by Alison Tyler, but for some years now there have been no editions of this ‘competition’. Four years ago Alison gave permission for a Dutch version of the Smut Marathon being started and just recently she has also given permission to re-start the Smut Marathon. So here we are… What is the Smut Marathon? The Smut Marathon is a writing challenge that lasts for months, hence the reason we call it a marathon. When you start it, be ready to be engaged for close to a year. If you make it through to the final round, you will have had to send in ten assignments spread over 10-11 months. Why should you participate? Because

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