Fic: War Banners

Title: War Banners
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Gen
Description/Notes: Inspired by the House banners I found on tumblr from this artist. AU in which the attempt on Harry’s life at Godric’s Hollow failed and Voldemort was never defeated. Over the years, Hogwarts gradually became a training ground for the wizarding army to defeat Voldemort. This is a oneshot taking place during a Death Eater attack on Hogwarts.
Word Count: 3,424
Pairings: None

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"You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page."
Annie Proulx (via writejenwrite)

Nineteen More


About six months ago, we made a post called Nineteen Exercises. People seemed to like it, so here’s a list of nineteen more. For those of you who missed the first list and aren’t going to read the introductory material there (even though we linked to it), here it is again:

Note: Some of these exercises will produce bad writing. That’s fine. These are not guidelines of things you should do to every (or any) piece you write. They are just nifty little activities to try.

Writers fall into habits. We use the same words over and over, or repeat the same techniques. These exercises are designed to push you to strain your fiction, style, and vocabulary so that the habits die. Feel free to adjust to exercises to fit your needs, but don’t feel free to cheat. Some of these are hard, and they’re hard for a reason.

Not reading the introductory material here would have been a serious mistake on your part. So let’s assume you did. Here we go:

  • Eavesdrop on a conversation. Write it out verbatim as it happens (this is hard–don’t sweat it if you fall a bit behind). Turn that into dialogue you think you would actually find in a word of fiction.
  • Eliminate your main character.
  • Eliminate emotion words (“happy,” “angry,”) etc., and all “I feel” (and similar) statements in narration and dialogue. Get emotion across anyway.
  • Replace every verb (except “to be”) with a synonym. Do not use a thesaurus.
  • Change the loyalty of your main supporting character.
  • Eliminate all dialogue.
  • Eliminate all narration.
  • Recreate a short story from memory. Essentially, write a second draft without referring to your first draft. Accuracy is the opposite of important here.
  • Tell one story a bunch of different times, using a different third-person narrator each time. Try to get at least three versions.
  • Describe something you see every day: a storefront, a bus, whatever. Describe it in as much detail as possible. Go back to it with your notes and see what you missed.
  • Rewrite a story such that no two consecutive sentences start with the sentence’s subject.
  • Figure out which character in your story does the least amount of stuff. Summarize the events of the story in that character’s voice with that character’s commentary.
  • Rewrite whatever you’re writing (be it a poem, story, whatever), as another kind of thing (a screenplay, letter, whatever).
  • Recall somewhere you have visited but have not lived. Put a character there and have this character walk around and describe stuff–and not just visually.
  • Take the characters (that you created) from one story and put them in a completely different story.
  • Completely adjust the structure of your story. If it is linear, fragment it. If it is fragmented, make it linear. If it’s epistolary, make it un-epistolary. Do something weird.
  • Eliminate ten percent of the content from each page of a story.
  • Introduce an irrelevant scene into a story and justify its inclusion.
  • Think about a kind of problem you’ve never had. Maybe you’ve never had your heart broken or had something really big fall apart. Write a story where that happens. 

Let us know if you have any questions about these prompts or writing in general. If you want us to read something you wrote, tag it with writeworld, and we’ll be sure to check it out!

Writing Tips #179: Seven Methods to Revise Your Writing


It’s been weeks since NaNoWriMo and I think it’s time that we get to work on draft 2 of our manuscripts. Here are seven methods from seven different writers (myself included). A lot of the advice is the same, but you may find something new or the advice may be written in a way that is easier for you to understand. So, here are seven different methods for revising your manuscript!

Method 1: Naomi
Tips from: Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek

1. Read your story.
Print it out. Read.  Just read it and reacquaint  yourself with your story.

2. Plot out your entire story.  
This is where you figure out whether or not your story makes sense.
I plot out my story by categories:

A. Main Storyline- Where is your character at the start, the middle and the end.
B. Subplots- What else is going on?
C. Dramatic Structure- Once your entire story is plotted out, figure out your climax, resolution, conflict, rising action, call to action, etc.

3. Reread Your Story.
That’s right. If you have any illusions that once you write your story you never have to read it again…wrong. You will be reading and rereading until you can recite every line and things that were serious become inside jokes to yourself.

This read is different from that first read to reacquaint yourself. This read is for analysis.  You should have a pen and perhaps even a book for notes. As you are reading cross out things that doesn’t make sense. Ask your self questions about character motivations and whether or not it’s possible for someone to actually jump from the sixth floor and land without injuries.

How many times does this character appear? Are they needed if it’s only once? Why does your main character speak exactly like your villain?

4. A loose outline.

After I have read my story twice, I usually have an idea of what’s wrong. This outline is where I try and figure out how to make it right. I often just write bullet points of scenes and what the purpose of the scenes are.

5. Write.
Now it’s time to write again. I often like to have my original manuscript printed out, or on my nook HD tablet,  or my back up laptop. So that the computer I use to write on is just a full screen of my new draft.

I like to do research on other screens as well.

TIP: Never edit your original document. You never know when you want to bring back that erased scene. I usually duplicate my original file, name it draft 2 and edit on that new document entirely. No reason to lose what you have already written.

Method 2: Jamie Scott Bell
Tips from Writer’s Digest

Method 3:Fiction Writer’s Connection
Tips from

Method #4: Wise Ink
Tips from their blog

Method #5: Maxine Thompson
Tips from her blog

Method #6:Emma Darwin
Tips from

Method #7: UNC College
Tips from The Writing Center

Method #8:  Ali Hale
Tips from Daily Writing Tips

Small-Town Politics

Prompt from Yeah, Write here

"She killed her son." Write on this sentence, but don’t include any violence in your story.

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This is the best explanation I could come up with for why it takes me so long to do updates sometimes when, at other times, I’m typing them up like clockwork.

Me writing my story these past few months…somehow my outline got sketchier and sketchier and no miracle happened to connect the dots!

How dare those miracles not show up when we need them! I am having a similar problem. 

Can’t I just write “everyone is seized with a sudden desire to be reasonable and accommodating; the conflict is resolved and everyone goes home. The end.”

It did make one wonder what they looked like under their masks.


Writer’s Block

In one sentence is the spark of a story. Ignite.

Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a memory about this sentence. Write something about this sentence.

Be sure to tag writeworld in your block!

One. Two. Three. Turn.

One. Two. Three. Parry. Slice.

It was like dancing without music.

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Listen, teacup, you have no idea what you’re into here, okay?


Writer’s Block

In one sentence is the spark of a story. Ignite.

Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a memory about this sentence. Write something about this sentence.

Be sure to tag writeworld in your block!


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