Anonymous Asked
QuestionSo i just started uni and I joined the university's newspaper. I'm thinking of doing a book review column! Can you give me any advice? I have to submit my first review this week!! Answer

thebooker:

That’s amazing! I’m so happy for you. :)

  • Be honest
  • Draw readers in with the first sentence. I normally sum up the book and/or my feelings for it
  • Explain the book’s plot briefly. Give away just enough to let people know what it’s about without spoiling it for them
  • Try to address a number of aspects of the book, including things like writing (style, format, pace), characters (development, protagonist, likeability, relationships), setting and plot
  • Use paragraphs when you talk about a different aspect of the book. It adds a nice flow to your writing and makes it more appealing to your reader, rather than a block of text that’s all over the place
  • Talk about what you liked and disliked, whether you loved the book or hated it. Be constructive
  • Mention who you would recommend the book to - include examples of similiar titles/authors or a genre/style
  • Don’t ramble for the sake of a long review. Be concise in the points you make
  • (This helps me anyway) Take notes before you write your review and plan what you want to say. This way you can be organised and not forget anything
  • If you have any control over the formatting, be sure to make the review visually appealing. Add an image of its cover art, use bold and colour to enhance certain parts of the text, etc.
  • Write in the style that’s natural to you, while still writing a formal and well-written review
  • Be sure to proof read and comb through it for errors, to avoiding those sneaky little typos

writing-questions-answered:

badromancenovelquotes:

ninja-gus:

heyfunniest:

im done

For my author and editor friends…

Oh, god, we really need more illustrations of bad quotes.

Please.

(Source: iraffiruse)

angelicpaintbrush:

coelasquid:

thiocyanat:

coelasquid:

satanpositive:

How to tape up your hands before a fight

Useful reference?

Let’s go beat someone up! But no seriously, does this prevent pain or something ? What do these bandages actually serve ? 

It keeps your bones aligned to prevent injury, compresses soft tissue to make the fist more rigid, and pads the knuckles. Skull bones are sturdier than hand bones, and even if you know what you’re doing there’s a high risk of damaging your metacarpals if you punch someone barehanded. It’s why they recommend if you find yourself in a fight unprepared to bunt their nose with the butt of your palm, because if the other person tucks their head and you end up hitting their forehead instead it’ll do a lot less damage to your palm than your knuckles.

Tumblr teach’n you how to fucks someone’s shit up.

angelicpaintbrush:

coelasquid:

thiocyanat:

coelasquid:

satanpositive:

How to tape up your hands before a fight

Useful reference?

Let’s go beat someone up! But no seriously, does this prevent pain or something ? What do these bandages actually serve ? 

It keeps your bones aligned to prevent injury, compresses soft tissue to make the fist more rigid, and pads the knuckles. Skull bones are sturdier than hand bones, and even if you know what you’re doing there’s a high risk of damaging your metacarpals if you punch someone barehanded. It’s why they recommend if you find yourself in a fight unprepared to bunt their nose with the butt of your palm, because if the other person tucks their head and you end up hitting their forehead instead it’ll do a lot less damage to your palm than your knuckles.

Tumblr teach’n you how to fucks someone’s shit up.

maxkirin:

Hello, dear followers~ ♥︎
Recently I got a bunch of questions about the difference between Showing & Telling, so I thought that I would summarize my thoughts on the subject as a slideshow!
Of course, those of you who have been following my blog for ages can guess my thoughts about this ‘Show VS Tell’ debacle. Personally, I feel that Telling (the act of Summarizing) gets a reputation for being a lesser tool— which I disagree with greatly. Show and Tell are both important tools of the Writer’s Tool-Box, and they serve different purposes~ ♥︎
Are you a writer? Then follow my blog for your daily dose of writer positivity, inspiration, prompts, and writing advice: maxkirin.tumblr.com!
maxkirin:

Hello, dear followers~ ♥︎
Recently I got a bunch of questions about the difference between Showing & Telling, so I thought that I would summarize my thoughts on the subject as a slideshow!
Of course, those of you who have been following my blog for ages can guess my thoughts about this ‘Show VS Tell’ debacle. Personally, I feel that Telling (the act of Summarizing) gets a reputation for being a lesser tool— which I disagree with greatly. Show and Tell are both important tools of the Writer’s Tool-Box, and they serve different purposes~ ♥︎
Are you a writer? Then follow my blog for your daily dose of writer positivity, inspiration, prompts, and writing advice: maxkirin.tumblr.com!
maxkirin:

Hello, dear followers~ ♥︎
Recently I got a bunch of questions about the difference between Showing & Telling, so I thought that I would summarize my thoughts on the subject as a slideshow!
Of course, those of you who have been following my blog for ages can guess my thoughts about this ‘Show VS Tell’ debacle. Personally, I feel that Telling (the act of Summarizing) gets a reputation for being a lesser tool— which I disagree with greatly. Show and Tell are both important tools of the Writer’s Tool-Box, and they serve different purposes~ ♥︎
Are you a writer? Then follow my blog for your daily dose of writer positivity, inspiration, prompts, and writing advice: maxkirin.tumblr.com!
maxkirin:

Hello, dear followers~ ♥︎
Recently I got a bunch of questions about the difference between Showing & Telling, so I thought that I would summarize my thoughts on the subject as a slideshow!
Of course, those of you who have been following my blog for ages can guess my thoughts about this ‘Show VS Tell’ debacle. Personally, I feel that Telling (the act of Summarizing) gets a reputation for being a lesser tool— which I disagree with greatly. Show and Tell are both important tools of the Writer’s Tool-Box, and they serve different purposes~ ♥︎
Are you a writer? Then follow my blog for your daily dose of writer positivity, inspiration, prompts, and writing advice: maxkirin.tumblr.com!
maxkirin:

Hello, dear followers~ ♥︎
Recently I got a bunch of questions about the difference between Showing & Telling, so I thought that I would summarize my thoughts on the subject as a slideshow!
Of course, those of you who have been following my blog for ages can guess my thoughts about this ‘Show VS Tell’ debacle. Personally, I feel that Telling (the act of Summarizing) gets a reputation for being a lesser tool— which I disagree with greatly. Show and Tell are both important tools of the Writer’s Tool-Box, and they serve different purposes~ ♥︎
Are you a writer? Then follow my blog for your daily dose of writer positivity, inspiration, prompts, and writing advice: maxkirin.tumblr.com!
maxkirin:

Hello, dear followers~ ♥︎
Recently I got a bunch of questions about the difference between Showing & Telling, so I thought that I would summarize my thoughts on the subject as a slideshow!
Of course, those of you who have been following my blog for ages can guess my thoughts about this ‘Show VS Tell’ debacle. Personally, I feel that Telling (the act of Summarizing) gets a reputation for being a lesser tool— which I disagree with greatly. Show and Tell are both important tools of the Writer’s Tool-Box, and they serve different purposes~ ♥︎
Are you a writer? Then follow my blog for your daily dose of writer positivity, inspiration, prompts, and writing advice: maxkirin.tumblr.com!
maxkirin:

Hello, dear followers~ ♥︎
Recently I got a bunch of questions about the difference between Showing & Telling, so I thought that I would summarize my thoughts on the subject as a slideshow!
Of course, those of you who have been following my blog for ages can guess my thoughts about this ‘Show VS Tell’ debacle. Personally, I feel that Telling (the act of Summarizing) gets a reputation for being a lesser tool— which I disagree with greatly. Show and Tell are both important tools of the Writer’s Tool-Box, and they serve different purposes~ ♥︎
Are you a writer? Then follow my blog for your daily dose of writer positivity, inspiration, prompts, and writing advice: maxkirin.tumblr.com!

maxkirin:

Hello, dear followers~ ♥︎

Recently I got a bunch of questions about the difference between Showing & Telling, so I thought that I would summarize my thoughts on the subject as a slideshow!

Of course, those of you who have been following my blog for ages can guess my thoughts about this ‘Show VS Tell’ debacle. Personally, I feel that Telling (the act of Summarizing) gets a reputation for being a lesser tool— which I disagree with greatly. Show and Tell are both important tools of the Writer’s Tool-Box, and they serve different purposes~ ♥︎

Are you a writer? Then follow my blog for your daily dose of writer positivity, inspiration, prompts, and writing advice: maxkirin.tumblr.com!

"There’s a monster at the end of this book. It’s the blank page where the story ends and you’re left alone with yourself and your thoughts."
— Welcome to Night Vale (via creatures-of-the-rain)

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lastrplord:

Say What?! - The Many Faces and Meanings of Said (Requested)
First, let me clear up a rumor. Said is not dead. Said is very much alive. It’s a clever little word with an awesome ability - it can become invisible. Of all of the books I’ve read - and I’ve read many - I’ve never been jolted out of the fictional world because someone said something. That being said, it’s sometimes nice to switch things up and use different words, especially to convey a certain mood. That’s where this guide comes in. I’ve grouped many said synonyms into moods, and within those moods I’ve ranked them by how much emotion they convey. Onwards!
The Scale - little emotion, medium emotion, big emotion
Happily

joked, lilted, giggled, exclaimed, laughed, rejoiced, sang out, jabbered

Sadly

groaned, snivelled, cried, mourned, blubbered, wept, bawled, agonized, lamented, sobbed

Angrily

asserted, retorted, ranted, snapped, growled, hissed, retorted, fumed, seethed, raged, thundered, roared, bellowed, snarled

Bossily

insisted, argued, bossed, dictated, professed, barked, yelled, demanded, ordered, shrieked

Pained

yelped, groaned, whimpered, cried out, howled, screamed, shrieked, wailed, bellowed, roared

Scared

squeaked, gasped, whimpered, stammered, screeched, shrieked

Understanding

consoled, comforted, sympathised, agreed

Begging

beseeched, begged, implored, pleaded

Arguing

grumbled, huffed, countered, argued, disagreed, retorted, agreed

Other Ways To Say It

quipped, raved, sputtered, squawked, asked, answered, explained, inquired, posed, pressed, called, pried, whispered, proposed, yammered, queried, interrogated, replied, breathed, croaked, requested, murmured, responded, retorted, suggested, prayed, purred, hollered, blurted, mumbled, sighed, complained, jeered

lastrplord:

Say What?! - The Many Faces and Meanings of Said (Requested)

First, let me clear up a rumor. Said is not dead. Said is very much alive. It’s a clever little word with an awesome ability - it can become invisible. Of all of the books I’ve read - and I’ve read many - I’ve never been jolted out of the fictional world because someone said something. That being said, it’s sometimes nice to switch things up and use different words, especially to convey a certain mood. That’s where this guide comes in. I’ve grouped many said synonyms into moods, and within those moods I’ve ranked them by how much emotion they convey. Onwards!

The Scale - little emotion, medium emotion, big emotion

Happily

joked, lilted, giggled, exclaimedlaughed, rejoiced, sang out, jabbered

Sadly

groaned, snivelled, cried, mourned, blubbered, wept, bawledagonized, lamented, sobbed

Angrily

asserted, retorted, ranted, snapped, growled, hissed, retorted, fumed, seethed, raged, thundered, roared, bellowed, snarled

Bossily

insisted, argued, bossed, dictated, professed, barked, yelled, demandedordered, shrieked

Pained

yelped, groaned, whimperedcried out, howled, screamed, shrieked, wailed, bellowed, roared

Scared

squeaked, gasped, whimpered, stammered, screeched, shrieked

Understanding

consoled, comforted, sympathised, agreed

Begging

beseeched, begged, implored, pleaded

Arguing

grumbled, huffed, countered, argued, disagreed, retorted, agreed

Other Ways To Say It

quipped, raved, sputtered, squawked, asked, answered, explained, inquired, posed, pressed, called, pried, whispered, proposed, yammered, queried, interrogated, replied, breathed, croaked, requested, murmured, responded, retorted, suggested, prayed, purred, hollered, blurted, mumbled, sighed, complained, jeered

(Source: ladyknightrps)

Just watched an amazing documentary called Storyville: The Legend of Billie Jean King - Battle of the Sexes. I shamefully knew very little about her but this was so eye-opening. It’s a real look into the sexism of the 60s/70s through the sport of Tennis and obviously the famous battle between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

uhohohno:

Hey, guys! I’m finally making these book bags again! I’ve been selling locally for a while, but, lately, I’ve been toying with the idea of shipping internationally. Would you buy this for yourself or as a gift?

uhohohno:

Hey, guys! I’m finally making these book bags again! I’ve been selling locally for a while, but, lately, I’ve been toying with the idea of shipping internationally. Would you buy this for yourself or as a gift?