So at dragon*con I debuted my Otachi gijinka cosplay! The fitting and patterning and rhinestoning on this costume was all stuff I knew how to do. I have never worked with craft foam before. So. Here is a post about a craft foam newbie’s strugglebus.
For once I…
Oh. Fuck. YES!!!
Oh, good God. STOP DOING THIS. If you’re writing your scene with basic clarity and structure, it will be evident which person is doing the talking or is the subject of whatever action you’re depicting. It’s fine to use pronouns. You do not need to come up with increasingly complicated and inadvertently fucking hilarious ways to avoid saying “he” or “she” or “they” or ”[character’s name].” Don’t do this with characters who are not human. Don’t do this with characters who are human. Do not do this with a fox. Do not do this with a box. If you feel the need to refer to a character as “the [tall/short/blonde/brunette/older/younger/larger/smaller] whatever,” then ask yourself why you want to do this. If it’s because you think your reader won’t understand who you’re referring to without the descriptive epithet, then consider rewriting the scene so that it’s clearer instead.*
I know the internet is rife with those maddening lists of words you “should” be using in place of more common words, but I have a master’s degree in creative writing and I am telling you very clearly to ignore those lists—or at least to make bloody sure you know the actual meaning, implications, and connotations of the word you choose to use.
Back on Livejournal there was a particularly egregious example of thesaurus misuse directed toward people who were writing stories about horses. The list of words they suggested instead of “legs” included “pistons.” I’ll leave you with that mental image.
*as with all writing rules, there are exceptions to this. If you’re using an epithet because you actually need to, instead of because you’re sick of using pronouns or afraid your reader won’t follow who’s talking, then rock on with your bad Homeric self.
Thank you for this!
One question for clarification, though: if I’m writing an action scene between two women, where I need to keep making it clear who’s doing what at what time to whom, am I stuck just repeating their names over and over? And is that actually as noticeable and annoying to readers as it is to me as I write it or am I ok? Thanks.
I would suggest that the names are likely to be much less noticeable and annoying than “the [whatever] woman” or similar. Do you have an example of the kind of scene you’re referring to? If you know of scenes in other books where two women are interacting, check to see how the author made it clear who was doing what—you can often pick up tips and tricks by close reading of other people’s work.
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IF YOU HAD ROOM WITH ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN IT AND THE WALLS CEILING AND FLOOR WERE MADE OF MIRROR WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE IN THE MIRRORS
Holy shit I asked my dad who’s a physics teacher and he just looked at me, looked at the table, looked at me, tried not to smile, looked angry, and started to look up where you can buy big mirrors.
this is an actual room of mirrors.
as you can see, it leads to glitches in the matrix
Ferguson protesters gather for highway shutdown.
"Where is my Edward Cullen?"
"Where is my Damon Salvatore?"
"Where is my Christian Grey?"
For your sake, jail I hope.
Why do the movies never show us this Spider-Man?
im all about having more body posi media but not when the message is “boys like curvy girls” because who fucking cares what boys like
I HAVE NEVER HIT REBLOG SO FAST IN MY LIFE.
Toothless is so cute here.
HIS NOSTRILS ARE PINK ON THE INSIDES
YOU CAN SEE THE EDGES OF HIS SCALES
HE’S STILL COVERED IN DIRT AND SOOT FROM THE FIGHT
DREAMWORKS WHY ARE YOU SO AWESOME
how could you not want a toothless on your dash
can we talk about hiS EYES
IS THAT A GIF IN A GIF IN A GIF
We’ll see very soon