Some resources for those writing medieval-type stories:
Okay so the aro ace spectrum really is a goddamned spectrum and it’s expanding every day it seems like. Individuals are coming up with new terms to define certain ace or aro attractions and it’s really cool in my opinion! Like, in contrast to other orientations that define WHO one is attracted to, ace and aro orientations define HOW someone is attracted to (an)other individual(s).
So me personally, I like to deal with things in lists for organisation. This is why I did the pronoun lists a while back! So I’m doing something similar for all aromantic and asexual identities I know of right now. I know many people are uncomfortable with automatically group aro and ace orientations together but they do overlap a lot seeing as they both describe how someone is attracted to others with the difference being sexually vs. romantically. So hopefully this isn’t a big issue, otherwise I’ll change it up and make two separate posts.
Asexual: Experiencing no sexual attraction
Demisexual: Experiencing sexual attraction only after a close bond has been formed
Grey-asexual: Experiencing sexual attraction rarely or infrequently
Akoisexual: Experiencing sexual attraction but having the feelings fade after the feelings are reciprocated. Akoisexual can also be further defined as not caring if the feelings of sexual attraction are reciprocated or not
Reciprosexual: Experiencing sexual attraction only after realising someone is sexually attracted to you
Kalossexual: Desiring a sexual relationship but never feeling sexual attraction towards anyone.
Requiessexual: limited or no sexual attraction/interest/activity due to some form of emotional exhaustion. Emotional exhaustion may be the result of previous sexual endeavors and past experiences dealing with sexuality, or from something else just as emotionally draining.
Aromantic: Experiencing no romantic attraction
Demiromantic: Experiencing romantic attraction only after a close bond has been formed
Grey-aromantic: Experiencing romantic attraction infrequently
Akoiromantic: Experiencing romantic attraction but having the feelings fade after the feelings are reciprocated. Akoiromantic can also be further defined as not caring if the feelings of romantic attraction are reciprocated or not
Quoiromantic: An attraction to (an)other individual where romantic or platonic attraction is indistinguishable
Reciproromantic: Experiencing romantic attraction only after realising someone is romantic attracted to you
Kalosromantic: desiring a romantic relationship but never feeling romantic attraction towards anyone.
Platoniromantic: Attraction where an individual feels no distinction between romantic and platonic attraction
Requiesromantic: limited or no romantic attraction/interest/activity due to some form of emotional exhaustion. Emotional exhaustion may be the result of previous romantic endeavors and past experiences dealing with romance, or from something else just as emotionally draining.
NOTES AND CREDIT
-Akoisexual/romantic are better known as lithsexual/romantic. The two words gained a new prefix proposed by tumblr user cisphobeofficial because the lith- prefix (meaning stone) was found to be appropriative of lesbian culture
-Quoiromantic is also known as wtfromantic but was given a new prefix by tumblr user epocryphal who is a French-Canadian individual and opens it up for usage by everyone who finds it applies to them
-Reciprosexual/romantic were coined by tumblr user knuxouge
-Kalossexual/romantic were coined by tumblr user acelyssie
-Platoniromantic was coined by tumblr user novusnova
-Requissexual/romantic were coined by tumblr user gay4dragons
Hey I’d just like to point out that while requissexual/romantic romantic is a great term to have, it’s maybe kind of problematic to make an identity because it describes a psychological condition not an inborn orientation. This supports the pathologization of asexual/romantic identities and strikes me as a way of getting allo people onto the ace/aro spectrum
^ Uh, no, if you only support asexual/aromantic people who feel they were “born this way,” then you’re not supporting all asexual/ aromantic people. Many of us DO feel stuff like trauma (not saying that’s what those specific orientation are describing) has affected our orientations. That’s not your place to police, and it’s not your place to tell asexual/ aromantic people who didn’t feel their orientation was inborn that they’re pathologizing their identity.
These are what I would consider to be the most basic, bare-bones questions of character creation.
- What would completely break your character?
- What was the best thing in your character’s life?
- What was the worst thing in your character’s life?
- What seemingly insignificant memories stuck with your character?
- Does your character work so that they can support their hobbies or use their hobbies as a way of filling up the time they aren’t working?
- What is your character reluctant to tell people?
- How does your character feel about sex?
- How many friends does your character have?
- How many friends does your character want?
- What would your character make a scene in public about?
- What would your character give their life for?
- What are your character’s major flaws?
- What does your character pretend or try to care about?
- How does the image your character tries to project differ from the image they actually project?
- What is your character afraid of?
- What is something most people in your setting do that your character things is dumb?
- Where would your character fall on a politeness/rudeness scale?
Seems useful, this goes on my blog.
Ok. I’m tired of the typical vampire, werewolf and fairy.I’m also tired of the occidental-centrism in mythology. Hence, this list.
I tried to included as many cultural variants as I could find and think of. (Unfortunately, I was restricted by language. Some Russian creatures looked very interesting but I don’t speak Russian…) Please, add creatures from your culture when reblogging (if not already present). It took me a while to gather all those sites but I know it could be more expansive. I intend on periodically editing this list.
Of note: I did not include specific legendary creatures (Merlin, Pegasus, etc), gods/goddesses/deities and heroes.
The Ancient Dragon (Egypt, Babylon and Sumer)
Of the Cockatrice (creature with the body of a dragon)
Alphabetical List of Dragons Across Myths (Great way to start)
- Little creatures (without wings)
- Creatures with wings (except dragons)
Bendith Y Mamau (Welsh fairies)
Peri (Persian fairies)
Yü Nü (Chinese fairies)
Garuda (Bird-like creature in Hindu and Buddhist myths)
Bean Nighe (a Scottish fairy; the equivalent of a banshee in Celtic mythology)
- Spirited Creatures
Jinn (Genies in Arabic folklore)
Oni (demons in Japanese folklore)
Demons in the Americas (list)
European Demons (list)
Middle-East and Asia Demons (list)
Judeo-Christian Demons (list)
Mahaha (a demon in Inuit mythology)
Flying Head (a demon in Iroquois mythology)
Toyol (a dead baby ghost in Malay folklore)
Yuki-onna (a ghost in Japanese folklore)
The Pontianak (a ghost in Malay mythology)
Funayurei (a ghost in Japanese folklore)
Zagaz (ghosts in Moroccan folklore)
- Horse-like mythical creatures
The Kelpie (Could have also fitted in the sea creatures category)
Hippocamps (sea horses in Greek mythology)
Horse-like creatures (a list)
Ceffyl Dwfr (fairy-like water horse creatures in Cymric mythology)
- Undead creatures
Asanbosam and Sasabonsam (Vampires from West Africa)
- Shape-shifters and half-human creatures (except mermaids)
Satyrs (half-man, half-goat)
Sirens in Greek Mythology (half-woman and half-bird creatures)
The Kumiho (half fox and half woman creatures)
Scorpion Men (warriors from Babylonian mythology)
Domovoi (a shape-shifter in Russian folklore)
Aatxe (Basque mythology; red bull that can shift in a human)
Yech (Native American folklore)
Ijiraat (shapeshifters in Inuit mythology)
- Sea creatures
The Kraken (a sea monster)
Nuckelavee (a Scottish elf who mainly lives in the sea)
Lamiak (sea nymphs in Basque mythology)
Bunyip (sea monster in Aboriginal mythology)
Apkallu/abgal (Sumerian mermen)
The Encantado (water spirits in Ancient Amazon River mythology)
Zin (water spirit in Nigerian folklore)
Qallupilluk (sea creatures in Inuit mythology)
- Monsters That Don’t Fit in Any Other Category
Myrmidons (ant warriors)
Giants: The Mystery and the Myth (50 min long documentary)
Inupasugjuk (giants in Inuit mythology)
Fomorians (an Irish divine race of giants)
The Orthus (two-headed serpent-tailed dog)
Rakshasa (humanoids in Hindu and Buddhist mythology)
Yakshas (warriors in Hindu mythology)
Taqriaqsuit (“Shadow people” in Inuit mythology)
- References on Folklore and Mythology Across the Globe
- References on writing a myth or mythical creatures
(I have stumbled upon web sites that believed some of these mythical creatures exist today… Especially dragons, in fact. I just had to share the love and scepticism.)
"If I get to see myself on screen, then I know that I exist."
— Gabby Sidibe, star of Precious
Representation is an imperative thing and it needs to be recognized as one. It’s because Laverne Cox and Lupita Nyong’o don’t make the Time 100 list even if they had over 90%, as opposed to the others that made the list with less yes votes than no votes. It’s because Scott McCall isn’t considered the main character of the show and his ethnicity isn’t recognized in any way. (It’s also because Tyler Posey signs everything with his character name because he feels like people forget.) It’s because people are angry that Lupita Nyong’o is on the most beautiful list because everything about her completely subverts white beauty standards. It’s because of all of those things, and so much more.
Write people of color. Write people that aren’t straight. Write people that are trans. Write people that are bodily diverse. Write people that have disabilities. Write them all.
Write them shamelessly and with pride and develop them beyond the afterthought of hey, Dumbledore was gay. Writing characters that are cisgender, heterosexual, abled, fit, white, etc., isn’t the problem. Don’t feel bad for doing it. If you like writing characters like that and it makes you happy, go ahead! The problem is that writing characters like those have become the norm and the default unless otherwise explicitly stated. And even then, the character is usually grossly typecasted and stereotyped. Change that. Research a lot and make sure that you get a personal perspective somehow, but here’s something to get your started.
Gender and sexuality.
- LIST OF SEXUALITIES
- LIST OF LGBT* TERMS
- TRANS* (CHARACTER GUIDE & BIO BUILDING)
- TRANS* RESOURCES
- WRITING TRANS*
- WRITING LESBIANS
- WRITING QUEERS
- WRITING GENDER
- WRITING WOMEN
- MY PERSON OF COLOR FC TAG
- TUMBLR’S PERSON OF COLOR FC TAG
- WRITING RACE
- FACECLAIM DIRECTORY (GENERAL)
- FACECLAIM DIVERSITY MASTERPOST
- CHARACTERS WITH DISABILITIES
- HOW TO WRITE A DISABLED CHARACTER
- HOW TO NOT WRITE A DISABLED CHARACTER
I hope these links will give you a start. If any of the links are broken or contain incorrect information that I missed, please message me with an explanation. Thank you so much!
Anonymous asked: Hi! I’m really deep in my stor-stor now and I love it, but sometimes things get a little too big and overwhelming and I need to remind myself what I love about the story in the first place; what’s got me going and what keeps me going. Any tips on doing so?
1) Cast your characters, or if you’re artistic, try drawing them. If you’ve got Photoshop skills, try making a movie-style poster for your story.
2) Create a tumblr gallery filled with images that inspire you where your story is concerned. These could be images of things in your story, things you want to include in your story, or just things that make you think of your story.
3) Make a playlist of songs to serve as a soundtrack for your story.
4) Make a list of five things you love about every character, five things you love about the plot, and five things you love about the setting.
5) Write a short essay about the important themes in your story and why they matter to you. See if similar themes run through any of your other stories.
6) Get a fun and easy going friend or sibling to play “radio show” with you. Have them interview you about your story as though you were an author talking about their novel on a radio show. Try to be serious about it for as long as you can—which won’t be long because it’s super cheesy but lots of fun.
7) Try to write a poem about the plot of your story as though your protagonist was the one writing it.
8) Draw maps and floor plans of your setting and sets. Go window shopping online to look for furniture and props to fill your character’s home with.
9) Make a Wordle using words from your story.
10) Read your story out loud as if you were reading it to a group of fans. Try to imagine their reactions at different points in the story. When would their attention be the most rapt? When would they smile? When would they sniffle? When would they cheer?
I hope that helps! :)
IT’S INCREDIBLY HELPFUL AND CAN FOR INSTANCE GENERATE TOPICS AND FIRST LINES, CONTAINS LOADS OF EXERCISES AND YOU CAN FIND PLENTY OF WRITING TIPS.
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