Posted 3 hours ago

How to Write Naturally

fictionwritingtips:

Trying to figure out what your style is isn’t as hard as it might seem. I’ve seen a lot of writers get asked questions like “how did you develop as a writer?” or “how did you find your style”, so I feel like this is a topic I should talk about. If you stop stressing…

Posted 19 hours ago

anomalously-written:

The transition from spoken to written language can often be a bumpy one because the way we talk tends to be a lot less formal than the way we write. When we try to translate spoken ideas into writing, it is often hard to remember correct grammar. Also, we hear incorrect grammar used so often that correct grammar might sound odd or even wrong to us… [via

Accept vs Except
-Accept is a verb meaning to receive. 
-Except is usually a preposition meaning excluding. 

Affect vs Effect
-Affect is usually a verb meaning to influence.  
-Effect is usually a noun meaning result.

Allusion vs Illusion
-An Allusion is an indirect reference. (to allude/reference something)
-An illusion is a misconception or false impression.

Capital vs Capitol
-Capital refers to a city, capitol to a building where lawmakers meet.
(Capital also refers to wealth or resources.)

Climactic vs Climatic
-Climactic is derived from climax, the point of greatest intensity in a series or progression of events.
-Climatic is derived from climate; it refers to meteorological conditions.

Elicit vs Illicit
-Elicit is a verb meaning to bring out or to evoke.
-Illicit is an adjective meaning unlawful. 

Emigrate from vs Immigrate to
-Emigrate means to leave one country or region to settle in another. In 1900, my grandfather emigrated from Russia.
-Immigrate means to enter another country and reside there. Many Mexicans immigrate to the U.S. to find work.

Hints:
Emigrate begins with the letter E, as does Exit. When you emigrate, you exit a country.
Immigrate begins with the letter I, as does In. When you immigrate, you go into a country

Principle vs Principal
-Principal is a noun meaning the head of a school or an organization or a sum of money.
-Principle is a noun meaning a basic truth or law. The principal taught us many important life principles.

Hint:
To recognize the spelling of Principal first think of yourself as a greedy opportunist. You definitely would want to be a pal of anyone who is in a position of power or anything to do with money. This principal has pal in it.

Than vs Then
-Than is a conjunction used in comparisons
-Then is an adverb denoting time.
(That pizza is more than I can eat. Tom laughed, and then we recognized him.)

There vs Their vs They’re
-There is an adverb specifying place; it is also an expletive. Adverb:   Sylvia is lying there unconscious. Expletive: There are two plums left.
-Their is a possessive pronoun.
-They’re is a contraction of they are. Fred and Jane finally washed their car. They’re later than usual today.

Hints:
-If you are using there to tell the reader where, both words have h-e-r-e. Here is also a place.
-If you are using their as a possessive pronoun, you are telling the reader what ”they own. Their has h-e-i-r, which also means heir, as in someone who inherits something. Both words have to do with ownership.
-They’re is a contraction of they are. Sound out they are in the sentence and see if it works. If it does not, it must be one of the previous versions.

To vs Too vs Two
-To is a preposition; too is an adverb; two is a number.  
-Too many of your shots slice to the left, but the last two were right on the mark.

Your vs You’re
-Your is a possessive pronoun; you’re is a contraction of you are.
(You’re going to catch a cold if you don’t wear your coat.)

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Lie, Lay
Lie is an intransitive verb meaning to recline or rest on a surface. Its principal parts are lie, lay, lain. Lay is a transitive verb meaning to put or place. Its principal parts are lay, laid.

Hint: Chickens lay eggs. I lie down when I am tired.

Set, Sit
Set is a transitive verb meaning to put or to place. Its principal parts are set, set, set. Sit is an intransitive verb meaning to be seated. Its principal parts are sit, sat, sat. She set the dough in a warm corner of the kitchen. The cat sat in the warmest part of the room.

Who, Which, That
Do not use which to refer to persons. Use who instead. That, though generally used to refer to things, may be used to refer to a group or class of people. I just saw a boy who was wearing a yellow banana costume. I have to go to math next, which is my hardest class. Where is the book that I was reading?

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Supposed to: Do not omit the d. Suppose to is incorrect.

Used to: Same as above. Do not write use to.

Toward: There is no s at the end of the word.

Anyway: Also has no ending s. Anyways is nonstandard.

Couldn’t care less: Be sure to make it negative. (Not I could care less.)

All walks of life: Not woks of life. This phrase does not apply to oriental cooking.

Chest of drawers: Not chester drawers.

For all intents and purposes: Not intensive purposes.

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Posted 1 day ago
youandhi:




I’ve seen people use the term “antisocial” in the modernized way — like shy, timid, solitary — but I just wanted to make sure to let it be known what the true definition of an “antisocial” person is, in terms of psychology.



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youandhi:

I’ve seen people use the term “antisocial” in the modernized way — like shy, timid, solitary — but I just wanted to make sure to let it be known what the true definition of an “antisocial” person is, in terms of psychology.

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Posted 2 days ago
mermaidescapades:

By Thomas Frontini

mermaidescapades:

By Thomas Frontini

Posted 2 days ago

fyeahroleplaying:


Join our fourth anniversary celebration! We are here to stay!


We have action, we have NPCs you are free to control, we love people with initiative. And we are not the usual sandboxy RPG, neither a narrative-driven one, but a story-focused writing community where each actively writing characters can make a difference and an impact on the overall plot. We are writing collaboratively a coherent story with many sideplots aside of it.

We have 4 ships of various allegiances to crew and islands belonging to the French and British crown to populate. Men aboard any ship are strongly recommended as first characters, and civilians as secondary ones. No more female sailors are allowed.

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It’s 1720 in the West Indies. Peace is to be signed soon, and the former enemies will get allied against the common foe - pirates, looting indiscriminately. Privateers remain in the business only for hunting pirates. Will our pirate crew survive?

Which side are you on? Sharpen your blades, load your guns, drain that last sip of rhum and join our adventures, spreading death BEFORE THE MAST!

Posted 3 days ago
PROSPERE L’EGLISE
1. What do you like most about being a Navy sailor and what you dislike the most? Why?I haven’t sailed with the navy very long, but I like how big the ships are. I dislike not being able to know everyone, since the ship is so much bigger, though.2. How do you spend your free time? Off the ship, I like to explore. On the ship, I like to sleep, usually, but I think I’m going to start spending some time learning to read.3. Which are your goals in life? I’ve been thinking that if I learn to read, maybe I could get a higher rank aboard a ship. Honestly, though, I wouldn’t say I have anything very pressing. I’d like to eventually go back to Venice, or find out what happened to my brother, but I’m content just to follow where the tide takes me for now.4. What do you spend your wage on? I guess I buy a lot of alcohol, and sometimes I see things in stores that I really want to buy, but I can’t usually afford. I saved up once for a cape, though.5. What are you proudest of? Uh, I’m not entirely certain. I suppose I swim really well.6. What would you like to tell your king if he were sitting right here next to you? I don’t think Kings talk to people like me, so I guess I’d be asking him when the coup happened, since I clearly didn’t hear of it.7. What is your favorite possession? Why? My swords, because I stole them from someone who I hated. They’re really nice, too. I have to make them look bad a lot of the time so no one thinks I stole them.8. What do you think of the war going on in the Caribbean? I don’t have any malice towards Spain or the Spanish people, so I’m not terribly interested in fighting the Spanish. Though, since I am French, I have some duty to my country.9. What do you hope and what do you fear for the future? I hope it all goes well, and it’d be even better if it got better. I fear for things like shipwrecks or dying in a battle, but I’m not really afraid, more that I just wouldn’t want those things to happen.10. What do you think your greatest weakness is? I’ve got a few. Being illiterate is one, and so is my generally impulsive spending. But, the biggest one would probably be that I don’t choose to trust people very often.11. Who has been your first love? Give some details! Uhhhh, I mean, I’ve been with so many women that I can’t remember their names. That’s why if you ask me, I probably won’t be able to remember a name. Or a location. But, I seriously have, why would I lie about that?12. When have you been the happiest and why? I think my time in Venice was a really happy time in my life. I had a lot of friends there, and I’d like to go back one day. Either that, or when I was a child in Marseilles, before age eleven.13. What is the thing that has frightened you the most? Definitely my time getting to know the Ottoman Empire’s Navy.14. What is the fondest childhood memory you have? Just a lot of times being with my brother and cousins, I have many stories from then, but they wouldn’t seem as exciting to someone who isn’t ten years old.15. What is the one thing you would like to be remembered for after your death? Just to be remembered. Or to have someone who would remember me.16. What does Sam do that annoys you? It would have to be the purposeful thinking about making plots that will make my life more difficult. Definitely that.17. What characteristic of Sam’s do you wish you had? Probably the literacy.18. How do you imagine Sam would fare in your life? Sam would do well, if you consider probably lasting about a week well. 

Click on the link below to read the whole September issue of Before the Mast’s “Histories and Chronicles of the West Indies”!
http://beforethemast.b1.jcink.com/index.php?showtopic=1426
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PROSPERE L’EGLISE



1. What do you like most about being a Navy sailor and what you dislike the most? Why?

I haven’t sailed with the navy very long, but I like how big the ships are. I dislike not being able to know everyone, since the ship is so much bigger, though.

2. How do you spend your free time?

Off the ship, I like to explore. On the ship, I like to sleep, usually, but I think I’m going to start spending some time learning to read.

3. Which are your goals in life?

I’ve been thinking that if I learn to read, maybe I could get a higher rank aboard a ship. Honestly, though, I wouldn’t say I have anything very pressing. I’d like to eventually go back to Venice, or find out what happened to my brother, but I’m content just to follow where the tide takes me for now.

4. What do you spend your wage on?

I guess I buy a lot of alcohol, and sometimes I see things in stores that I really want to buy, but I can’t usually afford. I saved up once for a cape, though.

5. What are you proudest of?

Uh, I’m not entirely certain. I suppose I swim really well.

6. What would you like to tell your king if he were sitting right here next to you?

I don’t think Kings talk to people like me, so I guess I’d be asking him when the coup happened, since I clearly didn’t hear of it.

7. What is your favorite possession? Why?

My swords, because I stole them from someone who I hated. They’re really nice, too. I have to make them look bad a lot of the time so no one thinks I stole them.

8. What do you think of the war going on in the Caribbean?

I don’t have any malice towards Spain or the Spanish people, so I’m not terribly interested in fighting the Spanish. Though, since I am French, I have some duty to my country.

9. What do you hope and what do you fear for the future?

I hope it all goes well, and it’d be even better if it got better. I fear for things like shipwrecks or dying in a battle, but I’m not really afraid, more that I just wouldn’t want those things to happen.

10. What do you think your greatest weakness is?

I’ve got a few. Being illiterate is one, and so is my generally impulsive spending. But, the biggest one would probably be that I don’t choose to trust people very often.

11. Who has been your first love? Give some details!

Uhhhh, I mean, I’ve been with so many women that I can’t remember their names. That’s why if you ask me, I probably won’t be able to remember a name. Or a location. But, I seriously have, why would I lie about that?

12. When have you been the happiest and why?

I think my time in Venice was a really happy time in my life. I had a lot of friends there, and I’d like to go back one day. Either that, or when I was a child in Marseilles, before age eleven.

13. What is the thing that has frightened you the most?

Definitely my time getting to know the Ottoman Empire’s Navy.

14. What is the fondest childhood memory you have?

Just a lot of times being with my brother and cousins, I have many stories from then, but they wouldn’t seem as exciting to someone who isn’t ten years old.

15. What is the one thing you would like to be remembered for after your death?

Just to be remembered. Or to have someone who would remember me.

16. What does Sam do that annoys you?

It would have to be the purposeful thinking about making plots that will make my life more difficult. Definitely that.

17. What characteristic of Sam’s do you wish you had?

Probably the literacy.

18. How do you imagine Sam would fare in your life?

Sam would do well, if you consider probably lasting about a week well.

Click on the link below to read the whole September issue of Before the Mast’s “Histories and Chronicles of the West Indies”!

http://beforethemast.b1.jcink.com/index.php?showtopic=1426

Posted 3 days ago

Listen to a Greek traditional song by Domna Samiou, look at the dance, and imagine it happens in this scene, in an 18-th century tavern, where the Greeks are far away from home:

If you want to read the whole thread, titled “Dancing swords and missed words”, you can find it here :

http://beforethemast.b1.jcink.com/index.php?showtopic=1213

And if you want to join our fun, you are awaited to further our story together!

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Posted 4 days ago

tastefullyoffensive:

The Adventures of George Washington by LadyHistory [more]

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