Nine Wonderful Words About Words from 25 things you had no idea there were words for
I DIDNT REALIZE I NEEDED THIS IN MY LIFE
that’s not what lacuna means
Yes it is. It’s a linguistic lacuna! (Specifically a semantic one.)
It’s worded strangely in OP’s post, but a lacuna is a lexical gap. Usually people use it to refer to words that are untranslatable, but other gaps are the lack of a gendered term for cousin or an ungendered word for uncle/aunt.
So, you’ve got father-mother-parent/brother-sister-sibling but uncle-aunt-??/??-??-cousin. There’s nothing in the language that would prevent the existence of these words, they simply aren’t there.
There are also phonological and morphological lacunae, but blah.
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I’m so used to writing the popular fanfiction kinks and tropes (mpreg, omegaverse, etc) that sometimes I forget that’s not a done thing in actual books. Like, you’ll never pick up a paperback novel at Barnes & Nobles about a pregnant omega male and his alpha male mate. Not even the fantasy genre has room for mpreg. And that kinda makes me sad. Because that’s what I like to read and that’s what I want to write, but that’s never going to be a bestseller.
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I save a helpful links so I think “ow,i should made a masterlist”. I only found the link from my bookmarks.
**maybe i renew/add a new link that i found
- writing a bitchy character (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
- writing a cocky character (1,2,3,4)
- writing a emotion character (1,2)
- How to play a hippie
- Playing the quiet character.
- Portraying the shopaholic.
- Portraying a mute character.
- Portraying a kleptomaniac.
- How to play the stalker.
- Writing distant, indifferent characters.
- How to write a character who stutters.
- Writing a character who is sassy.
- A guide to playing a southern character.
- Portraying characters with crushes.
- How to portray a teen mom.
- How to play a character who is mean.
- How to portray a character high on cocaine.
- Writing a character who is high on amphetamines.
- Playing an efficient male character.
- Portraying the asshole.
- Playing a character who suffers from shyness.
- How to play a mentally ill/insane character.
- Writing a character who self-harms.
- Writing a happy character.
- Writing a character who suffers from night terrors.
- Writing a character with paranoid personality disorder.
- How to play a victim of rape.
- How to RP a blind character.
- Writing a leader.
- Writing a character with Dissociative Identity Disorder.
- Writing a character with depression.
- Writing a character who is homosexual.
- Writing a character with schizophrenia.
- Playing a fe/male character.
- Writing a character with Nymphomania.
- How to write a worry wart.
- How to write a character with HPD.
- How to write a bad ass character.
- Playing a pansexual.
- Tips on writing a drug addict.
- Tips on writing the pregnant female.
- Writing insane characters.
- Playing a character under the influence of marijuana.
- Portraying a character with diabetes.
- How to play a prankster.
- Playing a character who has been adopted.
- Portraying a vampire.
- Playing a character with an eating disorder.
- Portraying a character who is anti-social.
- Portraying a character who is depressed.
- How to portray someone with dyslexia.
- How to portray a character with bipolar disorder.
- Portraying a character with severe depression.
- How to play a serial killer.
- Writing a tomboy.
- Playing a pyromaniac.
- How to write a mute character.
- How to write a character with an OCD.
- How to play a stoner.
- How to write an asexual character.
- How to play a bitchy/vicious character.
- How to play a character with HPD.
- Playing a pregnant woman.
- Playing the burn-out.
- Writing a “nice” character.
- How to play a gentleman.
- How to play a shy/introvert character.
- How to play a naive character.
- Playing characters with memory loss.
- How to write a character who smokes.
- How to write pirates.
- How to write characters with PTSD.
- How to play a character who isn’t ready for sex.
- How to play the geek.
- Playing the manipulative character.
- Portraying a character with borderline personality disorder.
- Playing a character with Orthorexia Nervosa.
- Writing a character who lost someone important.
- Playing the bullies.
- Portraying the drug dealer.
- Playing a rebellious character.
- How to portray a sociopath.
- How to play a swimmer.
- Portraying a ballerina.
- Playing a promiscuous male.
- Playing a character with cancer.
- How to portray a bubbly character.
- How to portray a power driven character.
- How to portray the shy character.
- Playing a character under the influence of drugs.
- Playing a character who struggles with Bulimia.
- Portraying a hippie.
- Portraying sexually/emotionally abused characters.
- Playing a character with asthma.
- Portraying characters who have secrets.
- Portraying a recovering alcoholic.
- Portraying a sex addict.
- How to play someone creepy.
- Portraying a foreigner.
- Portraying an emotionally detatched character.
- How to play a character with social anxiety.
- Portraying a character who is high.
- How to play a strong, female character.
- Writing a character with a hangover.
- Playing angry characters.
- Playing a character who is smarter than you.
- Playing and writing autistic characters.
- Portraying a trans character.
- How to portray a dominant character.
- Playing a character who is faking a disorder.
- Playing a prisoner.
- Playing the opposite sex.
- Portraying a character who has PTSD.
- Playing a character who stutters.
- Portraying characters with Aspergers Syndrome.
- How to play a depressed character who selfharms.
- Portraying the “dumb” character.
- How to portray a lesbian.
- How to play a blind character.
- How to play a sexual assault victim.
- Writing a compulsive gambler.
- Writing a closeted character.
- Playing a werewolf.
- Writing a character with an addiction to sex.
- Writing a character who is drunk.
- Portraying a character who is British.
- Playing a Brit.
- Portraying a character with amnesia.
- Playing heroes.
- Portraying a witty character.
- How to play an INTJ.
- How to play a vampire.
- How to play a character who is manipulative.
- Portraying the natural born leader.
- Portraying the character who is flirtatious.
- Writing a nice character.
- How to portray a character who has asthma.
- Playing a character with ADHD.
- Writing characters with anxiety.
- A Death Scene
- Loosing Someone (2)
- Old Persons
- Physical Injuries (2, 3)
- Sexual Abuse (2)
- Fight Scenes (2, 3, 4)
- How to Describe the Body Shape of Female Characters
- Character Apperance Help
- Words to Describe Voice
- Body Language Cheat Sheet
- Character Development Exercises
- 101 Character Development Questions
- Art of Character Development
- Introducing Characters
- Characters You Need to Reinvent
- Making Characters Likeable
- Heros and Villains
- Describing Clothing
- Understanding Body Language
- 100 Positive Traits
- Mental Illness in Writing
- Conflicts and Characters
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grammar and spelling
creating the setting
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This is an ultimate masterlist of many, many resources that could be helpful for writers/roleplayers.
- Disorders in general (2, 3, 4, 5)
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- Anxiety (2, 3, 4, 5)
- Avoidant Personality Disorder
- Alice In Wonderland Syndrome
- Bipolar Disorder (2, 3)
- Cotard Delusions
- Depression (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- Eeating Disorders (2, 3)
- Facitious Disorders
- Histrionic Personality Disorder
- Multiple Personality Disorder (2)
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- Night Terrors
- Kleptomania (2)
- A Pyromaniac
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (2) (3)
- Sex Addiction (2)
- Schizophrenia (2)
- Sociopaths (2)
→ CREATING CHARACTERS
- Components of Your Biographies
- Character sheet (2, 3)
- Need Help With Character Creation?
- How to: Draw Inspiration for Characters From Music
- How to: Write a Biography (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
- How to: Write a Fully Developed Character
- How to: Create a Cast of Characters (2)
- Writing an Original Character (2, 3)
- Creating Believable Characters (2, 3)
- Bio Formats (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
- Little Things You Can Add To Your Bios
- Connections (2)
- Bio Twists
- Positive (2)
- Negative (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
- Both (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
→ WHILE ROLEPLAYING
Romance (in general)
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So, I’m currently editing/rewriting the book I
never finished wrote for NaNoWriMo. I edited and cleaned up the first 10 chapters. Got to chapter 11 and decided that I didn’t like the timeline. So, I went through and edit the first 10 chapters to fit the new timeline. Got to chapter 11 and realized I can’t just edit to fit the timeline from here on. I have to rewrite everything chapter 11 and on. That’s 20k words that needs to be rewritten because I decided I wanted everything to take place during winter vacation instead of having to write them in school. Why do I do this to myself?
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I’m currently working on a YA novel with a biracial main character. Like just about everyone else, my default method of describing skin colors is something you can order at Starbucks. But, as a coffee-holic, I will tell you this: I don’t look at my caffeine fix and think, oh that’s the exact color of my skin or my sister’s skin or my granny’s skin. Maybe I need a different comparison.
I tried to think of something different but kinda just drew a blank. I ended up sticking with the beverage analogy and said:
“[My mom’s] skin was the color of espresso beans, my dad was honeyed milk, and I was the two-toned coffee with milk offspring between the two.”
Not exactly the Starbucks comparison, but not perfect either. And it got me thinking, I’ve never seen a person of color described in literature as anything other that some shade of coffee, chocolate, or wood. Is this good or bad? It makes sense to compare the colors to something easily pictured in mind, but is it a lack of creativity that limits us to these descriptive words? What other words can be used instead of these.
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Because of my short attention span and inability to think ahead, I’ve laid aside that fantasy novel I was so excited about writing and have, instead, turned to writing a different fantasy novel that I wrote the first chapter of about two years ago and never touched again. But, because inspiration is a interesting thing, I’ve actually decided that this book will be a prequel to the other.
It was while I was trying to make a map of the lands the books take place in that I realized that there absolutely no reason this stories can’t exist in different countries of the same universe. One of the reason I set aside Arden’s story was because I couldn’t work out they type of person his mentor was. Obviously I needed to write some backstory for him. While the mentor, Kashad, is not the main character of the book I’ve picked up, he does play a large role.
General summary of the two books and how they connect:
In the land of Udaria, some people are born with magic and they’re considered Graced by the Goddess. There’s a universal religion in Udaria, everyone worships the Goddess and the Graced ones are special.
In Pashonia, a land on the other side of the mountains from Udaria, there is also a universal religion that’s very different from Udaria’s goddess. Pashonians believe that every child is born with a Guardian and that guardian stays with them for the first eight years of their life. Sometimes the Guardian’s love for the child is so strong, their actions manifest in the physical world. (Magic.) If these manifestations continues to happen after the child’s eighth birthday, it is believed that child has slain their Guardian and stolen it’s powers. These children are considered cursed and must either be killed, cast out, or given to the Church.
This is the country where we find our main characters, six of these Cursed Children (called Jesia) cast out of their homes and towns. The story focuses mainly on the oldest two children (Itsha and Ari) and the youngest one (Kanni). They all live together in the forest outside of a town, literally up in the trees. They trust no one but each other and a man by the name of Kashad who also lives in their forest home.
Kashad is a knight from Udaria and he tells the kids that where he’s from, they wouldn’t be considered cursed and the trains them to fight with weapons and they’re Graces. He’s also Ari’s lover, but that is a secret that isn’t revealed until Kashad goes missing.
Another secret that’s revealed at Kashad’s disappearance is the fact that Kanni isn’t just another one of Pahonia’s cursed children. She’s actually a Udarian princess that Kashad free from her abusive uncle and trusted into the care of Ari. With Kashad’s disappearance, out six cursed children leave their forest in hopes of reaching Udaria so that Kanni (who is only 7 years old) my claim her throne.
While it sounds like the book would be mostly about Ari, it is actually centered around Itsha. Beautiful, tough, caring, wonderful, woman of color Itsha.
The book I’m putting aside to write this one takes place many years later. Kashad is Arden’s mentor and Kanni is the reigning queen of Udaria. Itsha and the rest also make an appearance, but you should be able to read it without having read this one.
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