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bamhelps:

Periodically, I come across folks in writing and roleplay that have their character’s career set as a mortician. Without reading anything else in their bio, I already know they probably got a lot of what goes into the job wrong based on the word “mortician” alone. ‘But it’s just roleplay it’s meant to be fun, not serious.' You're also the same jerk that touts yourself to friends as a writer, so write RIGHT, god bammit.

"Morticians," as the outdated term is, are actually called funeral directors. If you didn’t know that, yet want to have a character that works in death care, then you need this guide. 

My biggest beef is with people romanticizing this field of work as “deep or edgy.” If you think using a long vacuum needle to suck the remaining feces (that’s literal SHIT) and urine from a body through a hole in the abdomen is in any way “edgy,” you don’t need to be writing a funeral director.

In this guide I will be going over:

  • Myths and facts about death care
  • How to get into mortuary school in the US
  • Tools of the trade
  • Embalming (Some graphic preparation gifs included!)
  • Prepping a body for viewing
  • Cremation 
  • Occupational hazards and risks
  • The office side of things
Trigger warnings include:
DEATH, GORE, BLOOD, VISUAL IMAGERY OF DEATH

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characterdesigninspiration:

Quite a few people requested some form of trait/personality generator, and here’s the result!  I wanted to keep it vague enough that the options could work for any universe, be it modern, fantasy, scifi, or anything else, so these are really just the basics. Remember that a character is much more than a list of traits, and this should only be used as a starting point– I tried to include a variety of things, but further development is definitely a must.

Could pair well with the gender and sexuality generator.

To Play: Click and drag each gif, or if that isn’t working/you’re on mobile, just take a screenshot of the whole thing (multiple screenshots may be required if you want more than one trait from each category).

robinade:

fuckyeahcharacterdevelopment:

mirrepp:

HELLO CHARACTER REF SHEET

Well, this is quite helpful. Here you are.

I think an important thing to note is that people aren’t one type only! So you may find that though you’re an “I” some of the “E” things also apply to you. The MBTI personality types will identify the thought processes that you’re most likely to use but each person has the potential to use all of them. So you don’t have to expect a person to adhere to all those items in the list for their type.

Even more writing resources - masterpost

phanfic:

Don’t forget our useful posts tag!

Blogs

Masterlists

Etc

Creating a fictional universe

naming things

made by me - let me know if there’s anything i should add!

thewritingcafe:

151 great writing resources, segmented by genre and subject.

pieissupernatural:

MY WRITING MASTERPOST

I just have a lot of writing tips and masterposts and just stuff in my likes and I decided to put them all into this. All rights goes to the people who made them.

Cool Other Masterposts:

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amandaonwriting:

Writing Prompt – The misunderstanding

stannisbaratheon:

@WorstMuse is a relic of the human race

Useful Writing Websites

fictionwritingtips:

I compiled most of the writing websites I’ve mentioned on my blog into one post. I find a lot of these sites useful, so hopefully they can help you out!

Imagination Prompt Generator: This give you a one-sentence writing prompt that will help you come up with ideas. I think it also allows you to set a ten minute timer for each prompt.

Wridea: I really like this site because you can write down simple ideas that you can organize later and put into a bigger project. You can share these ideas or the site will help you randomly match ideas. It’s great for brainstorming and building a fully formed outline.

List of Unusual Words — Here’s a site you can browse through that gives you a list of unusual words for every letting in the alphabet. If you’re looking to switch up your vocab, or looking to develop a way a character speaks, this is a good reference.

Picometer — Here’s a writing progress meter that can be embedded on your site or blog. There’s also the Writertopia meter that shows word count/current mood. 

Cut Up Machine: This website takes whatever words you typed or pasted into the box and rearranges your sentences. It’s not practical for writing a novel, but it might help with poetry OR coming up with ideas. Experiment with it and see what you can come up with.

Orion’s Arm: This is a great website to use if you want to research worldbuilding or if you have science questions. There are tons of resources you can use.

Word Frequency Counter: If you’re finding that you’re using the same words over and over again, this website should help. You’ll be able to count the frequency usage of each word in your text. This should help you switch up the words you’re using and understand where the problem might be.

Phrase Frequency Counter: This is same site explained above, but it counts the phrases you’re using.

My Writing Nook: This allows you to write or jot down ideas wherever you are. You don’t need to have your laptop in order to access it, so it might help you during this time. You can write as long as you have your phone.

Writer: The Internet Typewriter - This site lets you write, save, share, and/or convert your writing online. I tried it out and it’s pretty cool. It saves for you and is a great way to brainstorm or plan out some ideas.

The Forge - The Forge is a fantasy, creature, spell, and location name generator. It’s awesome.

One Word: This site gives you one word to write about for 60 seconds. This should help you get started with your own writing and will work as a writing prompt to get you warmed up. It’s a great way to get yourself motivated.

Confusing Words:  On this site you can search through confusing words that often stump many writers. It’s not a huge reference, but it should help you with some writing/grammar issues.

Cliché Finder: This site allows you to enter parts of your writing and it will search for clichés. If you find that you’re using the same phrases over and over again, this will help a lot. I haven’t messed around with it too much, but it looks useful.

Hand Written Fonts: If you’re looking for great hand written fonts, this is a great reference. All of them are pretty awesome.

Tip of My Tongue — you know when you’re trying to think of a specific word, but you just can’t remember what it is? This site will help you narrow down your thoughts and find that word you’ve been looking for. It can be extremely frustrating when you have to stop writing because you get a stuck on a word, so this should help cut that down. 

-Kris Noel

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