Favourite fonts (a resource list):a theme for murder | ambulance shotgun | angel tears | bebas neue | arvil | bambi bold | cassanet | century gothic | cooper black | couture | disco | eraser | franklin gothic | geared slab | gladifilthefte | habarahand | intro | kabel | leafyshade | oldystyle | ranger | airbag | metropolis | IM fell flowers | tetradecorative | ruritania | reed of love | lucida sans unicode | bookman old style | lobster | ptf nordic | xtreem | feast of flesh | blanch | justus | brokenmustangs | snickles | walkway | muchacho
DIY Thirteen Free Harry Potter Inspired Fonts from Hello Paper Moon here. I posted her Hogwarts Acceptance Letter Template here. For lots more Harry Potter crafts including party ideas, fund raising ideas, book jackets, spell books and even house color themed earrings go here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/harry-potter
halloweencrafts: good for props, spell books, invitations etc…
New Illustration: Space Sirens
The last remaining astronaut watched helplessly as his comrades left the ship one by one and were carried away. He told himself that he would not succumb the way his shipmates had; he knew he would struggle. But the creatures, if they could even be called that, somehow seemed to know him, and when his turn came and the singing of the cosmos reached a crescendo in his ears, his mind emptied of all but the desire to join them in the void. Gazing into the creature’s face, he mused on how tender, how gentle its embrace seemed to be, and even as his oxygen supply dwindled he did not resist.
Know your place!
A guide for anyone who wants to write about royals.
A picture says a thousand words. Write them.
Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a critique about this picture. Write something about this picture.
Be sure to tag writeworld in your block!
Tutorial/Guide/Tips by Frivolouswhim
I don’t consider myself a pro or anywhere near like that in PS. I’ve been doing this for years because it’s my creative outlet and I’m super passionate about it. This tutorial is more like a guide and an insight into how I did things for this particular edit rather than a step by step how-to down to the very last detail. But I certainly hope this will still be useful for those interest.
Note: Image heavy!
Disclaimer: The fonts above don’t belong to me but to their respective owners.
toothsome \TOOTH-suhm, adjective:
1. pleasing to the taste; palatable: a toothsome dish.
2. pleasing or desirable, as fame or power.
3. voluptuous; sexually alluring: a toothsome blonde.It was filled with friandises, with luscious and toothsome bits—the finest of fruits, pates, a rare bottle or two, delicious syrups, and bonbons in abundance.
— Kate Chopin, The Awakening, 1899Strictly judged, most modern poems are but larger or smaller lumps of sugar, or slices of toothsome sweet cake—even the banqueters dwelling on those glucose flavors as a main part of the dish.
— Walt Whitman, “An Old Man’s Rejoinder,” 1890
Toothsome entered English in the 1560, joining the word tooth, denoting “sense, liking,” with the adjective-forming suffix –some.
In science fiction novels (especially the hardcore ones), descriptions are key for readers to understand the rules of this new world. That is why a false-step in this aspect can potentially ruin your success and provoke ridicule, scorn, and a trip to the pillary (if you happen to live in Medieval England). Certain mistakes follow a pattern, and their repentance becomes cringe-worthy over time. The following are five description mistakes that you absolutely should leave out of your next bestseller, lest all of your fans stab you with a fork.
5. Comparing technologies to those similar in other science-fiction works.
Just because everyone knows what the Enterprise looks like doesn’t mean you should model your starship after it or any Star Trek vehicles (unless you’re writing fanfiction, but then you shouldn’t say it looks like the Enterprise because it is—). It’s terrible craftsmanship and a sign of unoriginality. Readers will look at your book and forever remember it as the crappy Star Trek knockoff novel— even if it isn’t. Even if it has nothing to do with Star Trek. As soon as you compare it to sci-fi pop culture, you will loose ninety percent of your audience.
Even if you modify a description by saying, “His weapon looked like a lightsaber except shaped like a potato.” It still must go; just by comparing yourself to sci-fi successes, you are marking yourself as unable to live up to expectation and therefore mediocre.
Please. Don’t do this.
4. Ending a description with, “Cool, isn’t it?”
Think of this in the same vein as that one aunt at your Christmas party who’s always claiming to be the “cool” and, even though you’ve explained to her many times that calling something cool instantly negates it’s coolness, continues to say so as if she’s begging you to agree. Never write up a description with your protagonist constantly assuring the reader how interesting it is, how unique it is. If you have to remind them, then it probably isn’t so unique.
Subtle prodding is the best way to accomplish description— let the details earn their coolness without you shoving the title down the reader’s throat. If it’s worthy, it will find respect. And if not, embolden it in other ways besides compensation.
3. These are just ordinary ____, right? Wrong. (proceeds into ten paragraph summary of why it is not ordinary)
Even if the following description proves that your world/weapon/love interest is not ordinary, the reader will probably douse your book in kerosene at this point. Why? Because it’s pretentious. Because it’s tacky. Because it is the writer’s equivalent of vomit.
Science fiction fans come into the book expecting a world unlike their own— they don’t need the assertion spelled out.
2.Blocking up the novel with ten page descriptions on what this world looks like, what its technology looks like, how they take their coffee without putting any action in between.
Nothing deadens an idea like copious amounts of description without plot. Remember this: nobody cares how you exactly see the setting of your novel. As long as you give them a light to guide by— a quick paragraph—they will fill in the description as the plot goes on, but only if there is a plot to follow.
Same goes with telling the “history of whatever alien race/space crew/rabid monkey” your story focuses on. Backstory should be released in increments, not busted out in an entire chapter. Instead of giving your reader an accurate vision of the novel, you will instead ensure that you have no readers and that even you will be dulled by your prose.
Which is definitely not good.
1. Bringing in the science-fiction with the character telling the way their world works because that “totally doesn’t count as describing anything.”
Except it totally does.
Nothing is more annoying than a character that sits around describing everything. If your protagonist is truly integrated into this world you’ve created, it will not notice every detail. It will instead react with this world and, through their experiences, shed light on the rest of the world.
And, most likely, if your character’s blathering on about every detail, it will break at least one of the other rules mentioned above. Rule of thumb? Don’t let your character explain. Let the poor thing experience.
What this boils down to is sensory details— that is the key to a fantastic science-fiction description. Even though you write about that which does not exist, you must steep it in realistic descriptions in order to appeal with a reader— but it must be in the correct execution. Is shlubbing it up and basing everything off a sci-fi classic “description”? No. Does writing nine paragraphs on a laser pointer help ease the prose? Goodness, no.
Write as your character sees, hears, feels the description in your novel. And do not let your character assert how “flowing” your descriptions are.