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“Don’t have conversations taking place in empty space. Weave in background details of where the action (dialogue is a form of “action”) is taking place. Don’t have invisible people talking, either. Let the reader see them as they speak – their facial expressions and gestures. And by all means “cue” the speeches to the speakers.” Lee Wyndham (via writingquotes)
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Here’s the Secret to Writing Outlines

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Start at the end. What is the very last thing that happens?

Ask “what causes this?”

Work backwards. Work backwards. Just keep asking yourself, “What causes this?”

Keep working until you reach the beginning.

Seriously, trust me on this. This thing saved my life.

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“One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you’re maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones. This is like dressing up a household pet in evening clothes. The pet is embarrassed and the person who committed this act of premeditated cuteness should be even more embarrassed.”

Stephen King On Writing (via jamiecanaves)

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Anonymous said: In reference to a previous post about women having an advantage over men with the same training due to lower center of gravity: Does this apply to all hand to hand combat styles across the board? And does the male's longer reach factor in, or would his greater ability to be knocked off balance end the fight more quickly than he could employ his reach? How long would might the fight last, would you think, before he was knocked down?

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The difference in reach is actually minimal. It’s enough to say, it’s there, but not enough for it to actually matter in a fight. I think, in the past, we’ve said you need about an 18” difference in height before the difference in reach will be enough to matter.

So far as that goes, with most hand to hand styles, reach is a lot less important than non-combatants tend to think. It does matter in sword combat, where an inch of reach is enough to kill. But, for hand to hand, an inch of reach is enough to tickle someone…

I’m going to grossly oversimplify here, but unarmed strikes work on transmitting force into the body. You can’t do that at the edge of your reach. So you need to be much closer to make your connecting strikes do anything.

-Starke

Starke is right. Hand to hand combat happens in very tight corners. So tight that a single step forward is all it takes to switch from hand range to grabbing/grappling range. Any attempt at connecting with your opponent is going to bring them into range for blocking, grabbing, or outright attacking.

This isn’t true of kicking forms like taekwondo, where reach does come into play. The legs are longer than the arms and someone with greater proportion in their legs will reach farther. However, a kicking technique requires you to go forward, which (If the opponent doesn’t back up) brings the attacker into hand range, hand range becomes grapple range, and finally it all ends on the ground. Also, kicking takes a great deal more energy than punching. Outside a sparring arena, a dedicated kicker must finish the fight quickly or end up sapped. They also have to deal with different rules, fighting on the street is different from fighting in an arena.

So no. Worry less about statistical differences. Folks who have never trained have a habit of trying to break it all down into numbers like a video game. Physical strength doesn’t really mean much compared to the ability to use your body to generate momentum, an understanding of how to manipulate joints, and where to hit.

What matters most in combat is mental preparation. Facing someone significantly taller than you is intimidating, that nervousness is debilitating. (To someone used to fighting taller opponents, this is overcome via practice.) If you honestly believe a man has an advantage over you, that he’s going to be better at hurting you because he is a man, then in your mind you have given him the advantage. When we believe we are going to lose, then we will lose.

What is most important to writing a female fighter is getting over the societally ingrained belief that men are superior. Whether it’s physically, mentally, or charismatically, when we talk about women facing men, we treat men like they’re bogeymen. Like they’re supernaturally endowed and women must be spectacular in order to beat them.

It’s not true.

The person who puts the most time and effort into their training is going to be the one who is best at it. Talent can be squandered, physical advantages can become weaknesses (both for men and women), it’s easy to rest on the laurels. Many female trainees go into their training believing that they are inferior, this pushes them to work harder, by working harder they become better than many of their male training partners and highly respected members of their martial arts groups, often going on to become instructors themselves.

Yes, men have natural advantages. Women have natural advantages. In the grand scheme, natural advantages are nice but mean squat.

Men develop strength faster in their upper body.

Women develop strength faster in their lower body, they also develop endurance faster, and are naturally more flexible. Most women find it easier to build up muscles faster in their core.

We can go round and round on what men can do and what women can do, but really it’s what the individual can do. How much do they want it? How hard are they willing to work? Do they believe in themselves? Has their training given them confidence? (Yes, always.)

Can a girl? Yes. Because she’s a girl? Stop. Does she need different equipment because she’s a— No. Okay, she can forgo the cup (a knee to the groin still hurts). If it’s a weapon like a sword then it’s a weapon designed with you in mind will always be a better fit than a generic one size fits all. She doesn’t need a special weapon or a specially made weapon to be able to compete with the boys. No special tricks are needed. The only special considerations required are common sense ones like a flight suit that accommodates peeing with a vagina.

Remember, you’re never fighting “men” as an amorphous group. You’re fighting one man and the sooner you start thinking of him as a person with flaws, who can be defeated (and not by cunning, guile, or treachery), the better off you and your story are going to be.

-Michi

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One of the greatest mysteries of the Himalayas is a small glacial lake named Roopkund. The lake is located in the Uttarakhand state of India, at an altitude of about 5,029 meters (16,499 feet). The area surrounding the lake is completely uninhabited and the water is a five day treacherous hike from civilization.

In 1942, Roopkund gained the name Skeleton Lake when over 500 human skulls, bones and artifacts were discovered surrounding and inside the ice. These human bones have baffled scientists for decades because historians don’t understand who these people were or what they were doing so high in the mountains.

In 2004, it was determined that the skulls contained severe head trauma. Based on this evidence it has been hypothesized that the people died from a sudden hailstorm. 

Probably the most remarkable discovery came after scientists conducted DNA tests on the bones, which proved to have a rich source of DNA material. The bodies were dated to AD 850. This date was 600 years earlier than initially reported.

Remarkably, the experts have found that the dead individuals belonged to two different teams. One team is marked by a shorter stature of the skeletons, while the other human bones are significantly taller. It remains unclear exactly who these people were.

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Anonymous said: The previous ask had me thinking, would a female be at a disadvantage fighting against a male that received the same exact training? And I guess as a bonus, how much of a difference do size and physical strength make compared to skill?

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lynmars79:

howtofightwrite:

If they have the same exact training, the woman will have an advantage due to her lower center of gravity.

-Starke

Not sure which previous ask it’s referring to, but the answer works for many things.

I think it was in reference to this post. I’m trying to clean out our answer backlog, and forgot to link it in the main post.

-Starke

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mythology meme:  [1/8] myths, legends, and stories
↳ ‘koit ja hämarik’ (‘dawn and dusk’)

Considered one of the most beautiful Estonian myths of popular origin, ‘Koit ja Hämarik’ is a fabricated myth by F. R. Faehlmann, first published in 1840. It has since become a beloved folk tale in Estonia.
Dusk is the female spirit responsible for extinguishing the light of the Sun when the night comes, and Dawn is her male counterpart responsible for re-lighting the Sun in the morning. Although they only met once a day so Dusk could hand over the Sun to Dawn, the two fell deeply in love. The Grandfather saw this and offered to let them marry, but the couple declined the offer and asked to remain unwed, because that way their love would remain forever bright and new. The Grandfather blessed their decision and the two only meet for a longer time during the four weeks around summer solstice, when the flowers bloom at their most beautiful and the nightingales sing most sweetly. 

mythology meme:  [1/8] myths, legends, and stories

↳ ‘koit ja hämarik’ (‘dawn and dusk’)

Considered one of the most beautiful Estonian myths of popular origin, ‘Koit ja Hämarik’ is a fabricated myth by F. R. Faehlmann, first published in 1840. It has since become a beloved folk tale in Estonia.

Dusk is the female spirit responsible for extinguishing the light of the Sun when the night comes, and Dawn is her male counterpart responsible for re-lighting the Sun in the morning. Although they only met once a day so Dusk could hand over the Sun to Dawn, the two fell deeply in love. The Grandfather saw this and offered to let them marry, but the couple declined the offer and asked to remain unwed, because that way their love would remain forever bright and new. The Grandfather blessed their decision and the two only meet for a longer time during the four weeks around summer solstice, when the flowers bloom at their most beautiful and the nightingales sing most sweetly. 

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maxkirin:

Hello, dear followers~ ♥︎

Recently I got a bunch of questions about the difference between Showing & Telling, so I thought that I would summarize my thoughts on the subject as a slideshow!

Of course, those of you who have been following my blog for ages can guess my thoughts about this ‘Show VS Tell’ debacle. Personally, I feel that Telling (the act of Summarizing) gets a reputation for being a lesser tool— which I disagree with greatly. Show and Tell are both important tools of the Writer’s Tool-Box, and they serve different purposes~ ♥︎

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