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30 day writing challenge: small to large


Having trouble mustering up the willpower to write a lot of words in a day? This challenge will help you ease into it by starting small and building up.

Day One: Describe a Setting

Setting descriptions have to be short, or else they will bore the readers. See if you can get the entire atmosphere of a real or imagined place packed in to only a few sentences.

Day Two: Describe a Character

It doesn’t have to be one of your characters. Describe the physical and mental traits of somebody. It shouldn’t take very long.

Day Three: Drabble

A drabble is a story of exactly 100 words. How much plot can you pack into 100 words?

Day Four: Two Drabbles

If you can write one, you can write two.

Day Five: Three Drabbles

Why am I making you write so many Drabbles? Because this way, you will know how to make up several ideas in a day even though you used up your first ideas earlier.

Day Six: Scene Rewrite

Rewrite a scene from one of your favorite works. No need to spend time figuring out what’s going to happen, since the scene was already written.

Day Seven: Original Scene

Think of a short scene and write the entire thing down. 

Day Eight: Original Scene that Includes Vampires

Writing with restrictions can make the process both easier and harder.

Day Nine: Original Scene that Takes Place in a Middle School

Day Ten: Beginning Scene for a Longer Work

Beginnings can be tough and it’s important to know how to do them.

Day Eleven: Ending Scene for a Longer Work

Endings are often the toughest parts of all. You have to tie everything together but at the same time it can’t look too neat or it loses its plausibility.

Day Twelve: Alternate Ending Scene

You can never have enough practice with endings.

Day Thirteen: 700 Words of Story

Day Fourteen: Write a Work of Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is a story that takes up 1000 words or less from beginning to end.

Day Fifteen: Write Another Work of Flash Fiction

Day Sixteen: 1000 Words of Story

Day Seventeen: 1300 Words of Story

Day Eighteen: 1800 Words of Story

Day Nineteen: Write 2000 Words of Story

You have passed what most people write for their daily allotment during NaNoWriMo

Day Twenty: Write a Short Story

Short stories are generally 1000 to 5000 words long.

Day Twenty-One: Write Another, Longer Short Story

Day Twenty-Two: Write Yet Another, Longer Short Story

Again, the point is that you need to be able to think of ideas fast and often.

Day Twenty-Three: Write Two Chapters in a Longer Work

Day Twenty-Four: Write Three Chapters in a Longer Work

Day Twenty-Five: Edit the First Eight Days

Day Twenty-Six: Edit Days Nine Through Sixteen

Day Twenty-Seven: Edit Days Seventeen Through Twenty-Four

Day Twenty-Eight: Write 6000 Words

Day Twenty-Nine: Write as Many Words as You Can

Day Thirty: Write More Words than Yesterday

Anonymous asked:
why do black people use you in the wrong context? such is "you ugly" instead of "you're ugly" I know u guys can differentiate, it's a nuisance



you a bitch

It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.

So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.

Man, fuck people that try and use grammar to be an asshole racist - what is language? Language is just what humanity uses to communicate. Nothing more, nothing less, that’s what language is used for.

Anon understood the communication, they understood the meaning of the utterance without any problems so why should it fucking matter about exactly how it was said?

Although that being said, just for the sake of linguistic clarity, the deletion of the /r/ sound mentioned is actually kind of off point. The difference between pronouncing that sound lies in whether or not an accent is rhotic (it pronounces the /r/ in ‘car’ and other words after a vowel as rsbenedict said - eg: most of the USA; West Country and Lancashire in the UK) or non-rhotic (does not pronounce the /r/ eg: most British-English accents; stereotypical Boston / Massachusetts accent and many African American accents).

It’s important not to generalise on the whole ‘British’ thing. Rhotic accents are very common in Scotland and Northern Ireland, whereas they are considerably less common in English and Welsh accents. It’s not divided by class so much as geography.

Things I did today that seem dumb as heck but which depression makes really hard to do:

and all i had to do was bolieve

“His face looked so scornful, so savage, and finally, gloriously, ugly. Not cute at all, just an ugly scornful boy face. I hadn’t felt such disgust for a boy since the early days, when they’d tease girls on the playground, kicking us and throwing gravel and raising their voices in high screechy mockery. ‘They do that because they like you,’ all the adults said, grinning like pumpkins. We believed them, back then. Back then we thought it was true, and we were drawn toward all that meanness because it meant we were special, let them kick us, let them like us. We liked them back. But now it was turning out our first instincts were right. Boys weren’t mean because they liked you; it was because they were mean."

—Daniel Handler, The Basic Eight (via larmoyante)

Half Life: Blue Shift

You think I’m not a  g o d d e s s ?

I’m better than some Lunatic Fringe who doesn’t give a damn about his physical well-being. I’m better than some bipolar nutjob who should be locked away. I’m better than some hellcat with rabies who was never my friend, who was never my brother, and who I never gave a damn about in the first place.