Cheat Sheets for Writing Body Language

We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.

by Amanda Patterson


Writing a Romance Novel For Dummies

From Writing a Romance Novel For Dummies by Leslie Wainger



Writers Club: Ultimate Writing Resource List



a massively extended version of ruthlesscalculus’ post

General Tips

Character Development

Female Characters

Male Characters

Tips for Specific Characters


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Setting & Worldbuilding

Creativity Boosters* denotes prompts

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I know a lot of y’all are writers, so I’m sharing the writing tips my English teacher gave me.
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Here are some scientific facts about blood loss for all you psychopaths writers out there.

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Hemingway App


Hemingway makes your writing bold and clear. 

Basically the coolest little tool to have as a writer.

This is awesome!!!

do you have any resources that help create online timelines? ― Anonymous

How would one go about writing a riot scene? I'm writing this post-apocalyptic book, and in it, there's a scene where some civilians riot against their government. Do you have any resources on what a riot looks like, smells like, sounds like, what is used to quell riots, etc? Thanks. ― Anonymous



Riots vary widely.

  • What it Looks Like: It might start out as a peaceful protest and law enforcement might be the ones who start the riot. This is common. Riots can be small or large. They can be in a small space or they can spread out over a large area. There might be looting in stores, people running away, people lying in the street, people climbing things to get away from whatever is on the ground. Look for some videos of riots and find one that is similar to yours.
  • What it smells like: It might not smell like anything out of the ordinary. It might smell like blood or like a certain gas. Your character, if in a tight space, might smell sweat and other people.
  • What it sounds like: Again, this can vary. It might be loud and it might not be. People might be screaming or shouting. There might be gunfire or people falling on the ground or car alarms going off. Like I said above, looking at videos of riots can help you with this.
  • How they end: This depends on the technology and what law enforcement is allowed to use. Do they have protective gear? Guns? Pepper spray? Gas of some kind? Tanks? Swords? Knives? Clubs? Whips? Magic? Do they arrest people or just chase them away? Do they attack them? Do people run away in fear or do they stand their ground until they are all injured or arrested?

I would also suggest personal accounts of riots on sites like experience project.

On the subject of protests: recently ran an article in which they interviewed some folks who were a part of a major Ukranian protest movement that interested writers might like to read.


This is a small list of website links to look at when writer a story or even a starter for roleplaying. Want to know how to describe something or someone? Check out this list. 

Words to describe behavior 

Words to describe someone’s voice

Words to describe Someone’s voice #2

Words to describe physical features of a person

Words to describe behavior #2

Words to describe someone’s voice #3

Words to describe a character’s mood

Words to describe someone’s facial expressions  

Words to describe someone’s face 100 words

Words to describe hair

Words to describe Texture

Words to describe emotions

Words to describe female clothing

Action Verb word list