Here is the list of my current writing tutorials. At the bottom is a list of pending writing tutorials that I am working on.
NOTICE TO ALL WRITERS I am starting a writers blog (date set for it to begin is 1 July 2013) I know some of you will have heard about it from me before. Now I am scheduling time to get it started. The blog will have all my tutorials, including a load of others, drop in features for people who want some help with particular scenes they have written, notes on preparing manuscripts, competitions and much more.
If you are interested in this, please can you drop me a note with your email that way I can send a blanket email to everyone with the link when it's up and running. I've had so much interest shown, it's hard to keep track of who wants to know about it! * Required Tools
Thank you for your kind words, I am so pleased you are finding these useful.
I have a nice long list of new ones I want to write so there will definitely be more coming. At the moment I am moving the current ones that are here on dA over to my writing blog. This is because I want a specific area for all my writing resources. That is where all new ones will be added when they are written.
If you are interested in receiving them, please do follow my blog. You can follow by email if you like so you get an alert every time I add a new one. My blog also has the tutorials listed for easy access and an area for Submit a Tutorial suggestion.
There should be some new ones coming in the next few weeks.
Free printables? That would be really cool to have.
I'm just trying to write to enjoy it really. I have tons of little stories that are still laying around and I would like to start writing again. But I want to get more knowledge first and be able to be more detailed. I mostly write in the fiction genre.
Thank you so very much for writing up these tutorials. They have helped me immensely in starting up on my novel Searching For War. Anyway, I just wanted to express my thankfulness. It has helped me understand my own thought process. I hope you continue to write more of these, because I really enjoy them.
Thanks hun for the lovely comments, it really is sweet when people let me know how much they enjoy my tutorials. I never thought they would be as popular as they are.
I will continue writing them, however they are all going to be listed on my Writers Blog (www.theeternalscribbler.wordpr… rather than dA as I want a separate platform nowadays. In fact all new tutorials will be listed there. So if you haven't already I do hope you can pop over and take a look
Do you have any tips on not becoming bored with your work?
I have a lot of short stories that I like the idea of, but I get bored with writing it and revising and stuff. I try to write bits and pieces of them, and tying them together is no problem, but even when I take breaks I get bored. And usually, when I do come around and feel like working on it again, I've outgrown the writing style and I just get stuck.
Sorry for the delay, at the moment I am juggling quite a lot. I actually found your question interesting and I will probably want to write a full article on this on my writing blog [link]
Ok, so firstly when you say you get bored tell me about that. Do you mean really bored, as if the stories are not interesting and you don't really care for the plot or characters, or do you maybe mean that you feel frustrated, struggling to move on, feeling stagnant?
You say there are three things: Writer's Block, Mind Fatigue and Writer's boredom.
It can be easy to assume you have one of these when it might be any of the other two. So let's first find out which, if any, of these three you really have.
So describe to me your feelings, also, tell me how much time you leave when you give yourself space from your writing?
My apologies for the delay in replying, I have struggled to find time to get onto dA and go through the several hundred comments and notes.
I assume you are talking about an argument. If you still require some detail about this, please can you drop me a note and I'll give you some pointers. I think I will also add this to my list of tutorials to write.
As an FYI - I am hoping to get myself started with a writing blog where I can go into more detail with my tutorials, cover additional information like world creation, discuss ways of preparing stories for editors, have competitions etc etc. (this has been a long time coming)
Due to some personal stuff all this has been shoved on the back burner however I am fiercely trying to get myself back to having time and energy to start the blog. One part of it will be a "submit a suggestion" where budding writers can drop me a note asking for specific tutorials (and if it's something I can do) I will add it to my list.
If you would be interested in seeing my writing blog when it gets up and running, please let me know and drop me your email in a note on dA. That way I can just send a blanket email to everyone who has shown interest when it's up and running.
Good luck with your writing and do feel free to note or drop me a comment any time.
I might sound a bit critical here, so sorry if that bothers you: the tutorials are very well written, and I'm really happy to see someone does those (writing, I mean, as it's hard and takes your time - I get many requests to do those, but I'm too lazy to describe the way I write at least, for free), but at many points they are not full, with many blank spots. For example, I've stumbled upon your sex scenes tutorial while looking for a ref of a couple, which I wanted to use in an illustration, and I thought 'Hm, that's interesting', and saved the link to read it. And it was incredible. At many things, if not them all, I was completely agreeing with you, and even thinking that you must have been the one who reads my minds. The dialogue tutorial is amazing as well. But lurking through your other tutos, I got curious with the fighting scenes, as, although wars and battles are OK, I think I write smaller fights (for example if we close-up the battlefield and show the fight of one o' the main character with his foe; or a duel; a barfight) quite dull, long, and... well, I just like describing, which is my biggest flaw (although the readers say the opposite, but, hell, why use so many words as I do, if you can shorten it three-four times?), and it actually didn't answer the main questions: how to describe the fight so it'll be dynamic, interesting, fun in some sort (if you can call a fight fun)... it's more of a pre-fight tutorial, which is kinda disappointing, as the fight, the process itself is very important, not only the place, weapons and styles. I haven't read all the tutorials now, though, but I'm at it. And I have many questions left about some points in them. It would be amazing if you'd describe the writing deeper... as you're the first person I've met who does really bother herself to make writing tutorials.
I have no problem with critical comments, as long as they are thoughtful. Firstly, thank you for your comments on the tutorials and I am pleased that you found some of them so helpful
Regarding your comments re some of my tutorials - My writing tutorials on here were never originally designed to be much more than just a way to make people think about their own writing and ask different questions of how to do things. My longer tutorials came about because I got so many requests for these and if I was having a particularly good day I got everything I wanted to say out clearly.
I haven't put as much detail in all my tutorials, firstly because I am currently working on creating a Writing blog where most of these will be re-written in more detail and uploaded there (along with templates, writer website design, preparing manuscripts etc etc). However they will still not be too intense because I don't think anyone should use a tutorial like an instruction manual, my tutorials should just be a way to make you think and analyse your own writing as well as allowing you to develop critical thinking about characters/dialogue/scenes/story structure etc.
Think of it this way, I have never personally witnessed a battle however I have researched different types of battles both historically and tactically, I broke down and analysed the knowledge I got from this research and from it write my battle scenes.
I have had a few people asking me for more detail, often to the point where it feels like I am being asked to actually write the scene for someone. I like my tutorials to be fluid enough to cover different genres too.
I hope this helps explain why my tutorials are the way they are. Please do feel free to comment (or note me) with the questions you mentioned you have - if I can help I will and it may help to see what areas I can add to on my smaller tutorials for when I re-write them in my block.
I just wanted to let you know (apologies if I already have... I can barely remember who I've told!) but I have started my Writers Blog now. It will feature tutorials (ones on here and new ones) printable sheets, featured writers and competitions etc