Writing Guidance

We all know that we could use a little help on writing in details. Here is a list of things to write. If there’s anything else to add, feel free to comment.

If writing about Non-Fictional characters, name changes can help protect those your writing about. Also to help avoid drama and legal warfare.

Species: Don’t forget that there can be specific forms of the following as well;
Aliens; Volcans, Cyborgs, etc
Demons; Leviathans, Legions, etc
Vampires; Old, New, Covens, etc
Werewolves; Tribes, Breeds, etc
Angels; Cherubs, Arch, etc.

Genres and Sub Genres: Can be mixed together
Fiction: Not true
Non Fiction: True
Fantasy
Sci-Fi
Romance
Comedy
Horror
Thriller
Drama or Action
Musical
Names:
Examples
Mr. Theodore Hamshell
Mr. Theodore Hamshell the first (the second, the third, etc)
Mrs. Theodore Hamshell
Mrs. Abigail Hamshell
Miss. Helena Hamshell
Ms. Anita Hamshell (widowed)

Describing Characters

Physical – Color of hair and eyes, bone structor with face and body, clothes and shoes, contacts, glasses or none. Jewlery

Personality – charming, outgoing, shy, pessimist, optimistic, passive agressive, etc.

Heritage/Color/Race/Ethnicity – Irish, Italian, German, White, Black, Asian, Mixed, Bi-racial, etc

Attitude – Body language, how they speak, behaviors, etc

Relationships – mother, father, sister, brother, friend, cousin, aunt, uncle, etc

How long the relationships have lasted – since high school, since birth, a few months, etc
Weather and Scenery

Mountains, City, Wilderness, or a mix of two or more

Snow, Rain, Sunny, Cloudy, Stormy, or a mix of two or more

Cold, Hot, Mild, Sticky, Wet, Dry, or a mix of two or more
Vehicle Description (I don’t recommend unless you are writing about vehicles or an apocalyptic story)

Year
Color
Engine
Make
Model
Tires
Interior
Animals

Color
Size
Fur type
Speed
Species – cat, dog, mouse, bunny, horse, whale, etc
Flowers
Shape
Size
Color
Smell
Species – rose, tulip, carnation, etc
Rules/Laws
Religions/Cults
In Homes
Government

Religion can also be sub categorized into faith and beliefs

example: Jehovah’s Witnesses are christian, but they don’t believe in communion for everyone, they do not do blood transfusions and they do not celebrate any man made holidays.
5 Senses – I have added a few for the paranormal novices
1: Touch
2: Taste
3: Sound
4: Smell
5: Sight
6: Seeing ghosts/spirits
7: Knowing when someone is in the same room with you without being able to see them (this is different from number 6)
Powers:

the following links can help you determine what kind of powers you want your characters to have if you are writing of the other worldly kind —–

https://heroeswiki.com/List_of_abilities

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Characters_by_Power

http://www.spiritwalkministry.com/traditional_witchcraft/types_of_witchcraft

http://www.laurellkhamilton.com/witches-wizards-writers-craft/

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