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A GUIDE TO AUSTRALIA (FOR RP'ING PURPOSES)- requested by anon

Firstly, the BASICS when it comes to Australia:

  • The capital of Australia is not Melbourne or Sydney. But Canberra. (Where i live and it’s awful)
  • The temperature is not always hot, and the beach isn’t around every corner. Especially where i’ve been- the temperatures can be humid, moody and irregular. The weather reports are never taken seriously. 
  • Whilst being a highly multicultural continent- Australia is still racist. It is not as laid back as most people perceive it.
  • It is not like USA. This needs to be emphasised. I thought Australia was just like USA and then when i went to USA it was… intimidating. USA is huge, it is like one big city, even the ‘country side’ is bigger then most would think. In Australia there are many nooks and crannies where there is literally just dirt for miles. Or roads. Nothing else. 
  • Most words you spell with ‘ize’, we spell with ‘ise’. E.g emphasise, categorise.
  • It has two World Wonders currently: The Sydney Opera House and The Sydney Bridge
  • We’re not really good at any sport except Cricket? We love Cricket for some reason
  • We have a sport called AFL. Australian Football League. It’s just like NFL except there’s no tackling. Lame.
  • New Zealand is the equivalent to Australia as Canada is to the US.
  • It is one of the smallest continents in the world- which includes Main land AustraliaTasmania, New Guinea as well as many other neighbouring islands!
  • Australia has six states (five in the mainland, Tasmania counting as the sixth)
  • 88 Random fun Facts about Australia
  • Australian currency is called dollars as well, and it’s made out of plastic. Therefore it is almost entirely impossible to counterfeit. 
  • The Australian Dollar is surprisingly strong
  • Everything in Australia is expensive. People say England is expensive but after visiting London, i can honestly say that Australia and England both have the same price for clothing and such. Everything is super expensive. Therefore, if you live in Australia you’re probably at least a tiny bit well off
  • Australia does not have a lot of homeless people or poverty, not compared to America at least
  • Some people you probably didn’t know were Australian

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY:

  • Australia actually took the land from the Aboriginals and Indigenous People, led by Arthur Phillip (who was from Britain)
  • The ‘Stolen Generation’ was a movement that was then led in 1909 till 1969. In which the English came and stole indigenous children from their homes to put them into schools were they would learn how to be white. These children were abused physically, mentally, emotionally and sexually and a lot of families were damaged due to this. Even today.
  • In 2012, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issued an apology to all those that were part of The Stolen Generation. 
  • In 1915, Australia fought in Gallipoli. And lost. Many soldiers were killed in battle- it was one of Australia’s greatest defeats. This War is still remembered, even today in Australia, it’s a great day of respect.
  • The Gold Rush was where pretty much everyone went gold mining and it was extremely dangerous being around that much coal and a lot of people died but a lot of gold was also found. Which apparently made the death toll okay?
  • This is pretty much all that you learn in Australian Schools about Australian History in 12 years of schooling.

POLITICS:

  • Everyone, or at least most people in Australia, are politically aware, especially nowadays
  • We do not have a President. We have a Prime Minister. What’s the difference?
  • Our current Prime Minister is Tony Abbott. Who 98% of people hate because of his opinions on sexuality, women and people of colour as well as the carbon tax.
  • We had our first Female Prime Minister ever just a few years ago who was named Julia Gillard. Who you might remember tripped over when she visited India
  • We have two major political parties- The House of Representatives (green) and the Senate (red)

SO YOU’RE MAKING YOUR RP BASED IN AUSTRALIA?

SO YOU’RE MAKING AN AUSTRALIAN CHARACTER?

!!!MY POST ON AUSTRALIAN LINGO!!!


“You’re not weak. Your life is not defined by a letter grade, a dress size, your sexuality or anything else. You have every chance at happiness. You were not meant to suffer. You are loved. Never, ever give up.”

Chris Colfer (via maxkirin)


August 21 | 12:07 | 1943♥ | maxkirin

Fighting Words

clevergirlhelps:

Attack

Advance, assail, assault, beset, charge, drive, foray, hurtle, launch, lunge, maul, press forward, push, rush, storm, surge

Break

Blast, breach, carve, cleave, cleft, crack, cripple, crunch, demolish, destroy, disable, disfigure, disintegrate, divide, fragment, impair, mangle, mar, perforate, pulverize, rend, rift, ruin, rupture, sever, shatter, snap, splinter, split, wreck

Enter

Access, barge in, barrel in, horn in, infiltrate, intrude, invade, penetrate

Explode

Blow up, bomb, burst, detonate, erupt, fragment, go off, ignite

Fall

Collapse, descend, dive, drop, fall prone, header, lapse, plummet, plunge, slip, slump, sprawl, topple, trip, tumble

Fast

Agile, electric, fleet, hasty, nimble, quick, rapid, speedy, swift

Grab

capture, catch, clasp, grasp, grip, latch on to, nab, seize, snag, snatch, take

Hit

Bat, batter, bash, blow, bludgeon, box, buffet, bust, chop, clobber, clout, cuff, flail, hammer, haymaker, jab, knock, lash, paste, pummel, punch, rabbit punch, slap, slug, smash, sock, strike, swat, swipe, thrash, thump, uppercut, wallop

Jump

Bounce, bound, hop, jerk, jolt, leap, pounce, rise, skip, spring

Kill

Annihilate, behead, dispatch, eliminate, eradicate, erase, execute, exterminate, extirpate, finish, immolate, liquidate, massacre, murder, neutralize, obliterate, purge, slaughter, slay, snuff, terminate, waste

Run

Bolt, dart, dash, escape, flee, gallop, hurry, lope, pace, scramble, race, rush, sprint, whisk

Scream

Bark, bellow, call, cry, holler, howl, roar, screech, shout, shriek, wail, yell, yelp

Shoot

Blast, fire at, gun, open fire, nail, pick off, plug, pop, pull the trigger, salvo

Stab

Cut, gash, gouge, hack, hew, impale, incise, lacerate, pierce, prick, puncture, slash, slice, stick, thrust

Stop

Avert, bar, block, cease, check, defend, deflect, fend off, guard, halt, hold off, keep at bay, lull, obstruct, parry, push back, prevent, rebuff, repel, repulse, resist, shield, stave off, stun, ward off

Throw

Cast, catapult, chuck, eject, fire, fling, hurl, launch, lob, pelt, pepper, pitch, project, propel, shoot, shower, sling, spray, strew, toss

Other

Accelerate, ambush, barrage, barricade, beat, bombard, buck, bushwhack, brandish, careen, clash, cleave, clench, clip, collide, crash, crawl, creep, crush, damage, dance, disappear, dodge, emit, exhaust, expel, fence, fly, freeze, frenzy, glance, grapple, grind, hasten, heave, hem in, hook, leave, lift, lurch, maneuver, net, onslaught, overtake, overwhelm, provoke, pursue, push, rally, reach, recoil, regress, retreat, rigor, rive, scatter, shove, shrivel, slip away, smatter, splatter, step, strain, stretch, strive, stroke, struggle, suppress, swerve, swing, swish, swoop, thrash, twirl, upset, urgent, vanish, vanquish, volley, waylay, wield, wither, wrestle, yield


August 21 | 12:03 | 809♥ | clevergirlhelps

Legit Tip #105

legit-writing-tips:

Why is your main character the main character?

No, it’s not because you said so. It’s not because they’re the chosen one, either. Stop that. Chosen one stories are only interesting if you find a way to put a spin on it (like J.K. Rowling did by designing a prophecy that Neville could have realistically been the center of). 

It’s important that you think about what it is that makes your main character unique. And that doesn’t mean a special skill or ability that they have. What is it about their personality that makes them the most qualified person for the “job” in your story?

Where Harry Potter succeeds as a main character is the part of his personality, influenced by years of abuse by the Dursleys (and Snape, and Draco…) that makes him determined to stand up to bullies. It’s something that you see continually throughout the series, without explicitly being told by the author that this is a main component of his personality. 

Likewise, where the oft-criticized Twilight more or less falters is with Bella. We don’t know anything about her, or why she deserves to be the main character of this story. When the author finally does begin to express some of what makes Bella different, it’s too little, too late. (It is clear, however, that her ability and drive to protect those she cares about at all costs is meant to be her defining feature). 

So stop right now, and ask yourself - why does my current MC deserve to be the main character of his/her/their story? If you can’t come up with a clear answer, you may need to start rethinking who your MC really is. 


August 21 | 12:03 | 617♥ | legit-writing-tips

Descriptive Word List

rebeccamissesschool:

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Anonymous:I want to have a character apparently die, and return later on. But I don't want to leave the reader feeling like their emotional investment was wasted in a bait-and-switch. Right now I have her returning to the story in a state that's almost worse than being dead, so that readers feel more invested instead of ripped off. What are some ideas for how to pull it off without being campy?

characterandwritinghelp:

There is nothing worse than feeling like your emotions were wasted on a character or their situation. Worse than that, a poorly-done “they weren’t dead at all!” can make us feel like the story is contriving a happy ending, or that the writer is not very skilled.

When something is “campy,” it is exaggerated or theatrical and is usually done for a humorous effect. It sounds like you are taking this in a very different direction with a Fate Worse than Death-esque scenario—here are some things to consider when writing this particular brand of situation.

  • Point of view. Odds are good that this character isn’t the point of view character. Does the narrator or perspective character believe this character has actually died, or do they know to expect them back? How your point of view character handles both the death (or the “death,” as the case may be) and reencountering the “dead” character again will be a big influence on how your readers handle it as well.
  • Description. You have a unique opportunity to twist the knife in the (likely still smarting) wound of losing this character. If their current state is really worse than death, do not waste it. If the readers believe this character to be at peace in death—or at least no longer in pain—showing them in a state of constant agony will be a punch in the gut to an invested reader.
  • Grieving process derailment. Consider how the other characters have dealt with the “death,” and whether/how they are still grieving. If a character is still in denial, they may take this news a bit more easily than someone who has fully accepted that the character is dead and gone. Conversely, if a character is in denial or bargaining and sees the character in a worse state than they died in, this might cause guilt or an even deeper state of grief.

-Headless


clevergirlhelps:

The header used to be a lot more serious and cool before I realized that half of this post is actually about magic and the other half is plot bunny.

Hence the bunnies in top hats.

Origins

The first - and least addressed - question about magic is, “Where does it come from?” Fantasy books rarely address this question in depth. If it is, the answer usually sounds like Obi-Wan’s explanation of the Force in A New Hope: “{Magic} is what gives a {insert magic entity here} his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.

Let’s look at a few other options for the origin of magic, because it’s like a dragon hoard of technicolor plot bunnies with wings that also shoot lasers from their eyes. Just that awesome.

  • Magic could be a resource created by an event, entity/entities, natural occurrence (e.g. a meteor strike, tectonic plate movements), or landform. If you’re looking for a plot point, make the magic finite, like oil - one day, people will run out of magic and that fear drives the story.
  • Magic could be a gift granted exclusively by a higher power. The higher power doesn’t need to be benevolent or evil - it could have blue and orange morality - and could simply bestow magic randomly upon people for unknowable reasons.
  • Magic could be a species or living organism (possibly sentient) that makes its own decisions, allows only certain people (or no one) to use it, and generally makes magicians obey it rather than the other way around. I would love to see a magic system that granted magic only to crows or rocks or elves aged 23-59 - something weird like that.

Naturally, since this is magic and not real, the possibilities are endless. Those are just a few ideas to get your mind working.

On a larger scale, magic is easily divisible into two categories:

  1. External - really rare; the magic exists all over the place and anyone can access it, regardless (still waiting for some animals master basic magic to hunt better, ripen berries faster, etc.)
  2. Internal - really common; the magic is there, but can only be accessed by people who have a gift for it

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“The difference between ambiguity and confusion can be puzzling to beginning writers. Ambiguity is the controlled and deliberate presentation of a limited number of possible interpretations. … Confusion, on the other hand, is the lack of control that results when you omit or leave blurry certain information that your readers need to know.”

Jerome Stern, Making Shapely Fiction (via the-right-writing)


“First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!”

Ray Bradbury (via freelancewritingscom)


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