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Kurt Vonnegut: 16 Rules For Writing Fiction

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

9. Find a subject you care aboutand which you in your heart feel others should care about.

10. Do not ramble.

11. Keep it simple. Simplicity of language is not only reputable, but perhaps even sacred.

12. Have guts to cut. Your rule might be this: If a sentence, no matter how excellent, does not illuminate your subject in some new and useful way, scratch it out.

13. Sound like yourself. The writing style which is most natural for you is bound to echo the speech you heard when a child.

14. Say what you mean. You should avoid Picasso-style or jazz-style writing, if you have something worth saying and wish to be understood.

15. Pity the readers. Our stylistic options as writers are neither numerous nor glamorous, since our readers are bound to be such imperfect artists.

16. You choose. The most meaningful aspect of our styles, which is what we choose to write about, is utterly unlimited.

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In Shining Armor Designs is being kind enough to host an advance book release party for Typhon - the third and final volume of The Aurelian Archives - next month! What do we mean by ADVANCE book release? 

Well, Typhon will hit digital shelves on Tuesday, October 28th. But if you join us at the release party, you can pick yourself up an advance reading copy a whole 5 days early…in signed paperback form no less! Courtney will be doing a reading from Typhon, a Q&A, and a signing, and you can count on eating some food from the Epimetheus Galaxy and possibly winning some awesome merch and custom prizes! Also, anyone who comes in costume is a guaranteed winner (we love our costumes). You won’t want to miss out!

Join us!

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A tool to use for find Synonyms: Synonym Finder.

This is a great, unique little tool I found by browsing for writing resources. It’s name speaks for itself: it’s a synonym finder.

The site is clean cut, has soothing colors, and to-the point results for any word you look up.

For example, when I look up the word “romance,” I get this:

Synonyms: romance, romanticism
Definition: an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure)

Hypernyms: quality
Definition: an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
Usage: the quality of mercy is not strained—Shakespeare”

I had no idea what a “hypernym” is. Apparently it’s a word with a more general meaning that a more specific word fall under. Like, color is a hypernym for green.

On the right corner there’s a button to make graphs! So you can trace each synonym from it’s root word, and see how far the other synonyms connect in comparison to others.

I really like it, so I’m going to definitely bookmark it on my writing tools list.

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Reece, Gideon, Hayden by ancalinar

Last of the commissions from my sale. Big thanks to everyone who participated!!




I’ve been working on a lot of Reece-heavy scenes that require a lot of Reece-type music…so I made another playlist. X) These are the songs I revisit the most when trying to get Reece’s voice out on the page.

I’ll probably be posting more mixes as book 3 looms closer and I need pumping up to push through late night edits, so feel free to follow the official 8tracks so I can follow you back!


1. Lightshow - Plants and Animals

2. Squealing Pigs - Admiral Fallow

3. Things - Frightened Rabbit

4. Claws Part 2 - Typhoon

5. Heavy Feet - Local Natives

6. No One Ever Gave Us the Right - Marble Sounds

7. Anathema - Twenty One Pilots

8. ‘Till I can Walk - From Indian Lakes

9. Running Up That Hill - Track and Field

10. Black Flies - Ben Howard

11. Something Good - Alt-J

12. Artificial Light - Typhoon

13. Conductor - We Were Promised Jetpacks

14. Doorways - Radical Face

Listen here

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So I was looking back at the old dream cast I made for Palatine First (avoiding edits like a boss) and realize I never landed on a Hayden or Po I really liked. And now it’s like an itch. Sometimes I think…Dylan O’Brien? I could also be sold on someone else for Nivy, since I picture the Heron looking basically Brazilian (though Kaya Scodelario is half Brazilian and fierce and…never mind, I love her). 

Who do you guys imagine playing characters from TAA?


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