So you’ve got your world built up and you’re ready to write, but you’re not sure how to introduce everything you’ve created.
One of the most important devices you need to avoid is the info dump. The info dump is when a writer uses dialogue or narration to give an excess of information. Info dumps often come in the form of several paragraphs of details. Here are some of the problems with info dumps:
Too Much Detail: When you write info dumps, you are writing too much detail in a small space. This ruins the pacing and stalls the story. Readers get bored when they have to read an entire page explaining one part of your world, which leads to the next point:
Telling: Info dumps tell rather than show. You want to show. Telling can be okay, but in moderation.
Memory: Your reader is not going to remember all of the details you put into info dumps. There is too much information to absorb. When information is spread out, it is easier for the reader to remember and they are less likely to skip over it.
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Anonymous: How would you write about being wounded by an arrow or by a sword?


Look in the injury tag for tips to describe pain and wound healing (tw: gore, blood, etc.). If you’re looking for how the blade could injure someone or information on blades in general, look in the sword and knife tag

Here are some words/phrases to use when someone has been wounded:

By an arrow

  • Pierced
  • Grazed
  • Drilled
  • Perforated (esp. with multiple arrows)
  • Stuck
  • Punctured

With a sword

  • Stabbed
  • Slashed
  • Pierced
  • Gashed
  • Slit
  • Rent
  • Sliced
  • Chopped
  • Lacerated
  • Ripped

Prompt Set #18



Use these prompts to jump-start your imagination or as a base for requests from your followers.

  1. You shouldn’t come here anymore.
  2. His smile runs the world.
  3. She is my favorite.
  4. He was extremely unhappy to hear that.
  5. Don’t touch that.
  6. That’s our legacy.
  7. Give me a reason.
  8. You were always going to leave.
  9. It all falls apart.
  10. Where do we go?

See how many of these you can write a drabble for in the next 20 minutes.

Words to describe someone's voice

adenoidal: if someone’s voice is adenoidal, some of the sound seems to come through their nose
appealing: an appealing look, voice etc shows that you want help, approval, or agreement
breathy: with loud breathing noises
brittle: if you speak in a brittle voice, you sound as if you are about to cry
croaky: if someone’s voice sounds croaky, they speak in a low rough voice that sounds as if they have a sore throat
dead: if someone’s eyes are dead, or if their voice is dead, they feel or show no emotion
disembodied: a disembodied voice comes from someone who you cannot see
flat: spoken in a voice that does not go up and down. This word is often used for describing the speech of people from a particular region.
fruity: a fruity voice or laugh is deep and strong in a pleasant way
grating: a grating voice, laugh, or sound is unpleasant and annoying
gravelly: a gravelly voice sounds low and rough
gruff: a gruff voice has a rough low sound
guttural: a guttural sound is deep and made at the back of your throat
high-pitched: a high-pitched voice or sound is very high
hoarse: someone who is hoarse or has a hoarse voice speaks in a low rough voice, usually because their throat is sore
honeyed: honeyed words or a honeyed voice sound very nice but you cannot trust the person who is speaking
husky: a husky voice is deep and sounds hoarse (=as if you have a sore throat), often in an attractive way
low adjective: a low voice or sound is quiet and difficult to hear
low adverb: in a deep voice, or with a deep sound
matter-of-fact: used about someone’s behaviour or voice
modulated: a modulated voice is controlled and pleasant to listen to
monotonous: a monotonous sound or voice is boring and unpleasant because it does not change in loudness or become higher or lower
nasal: someone with a nasal voice sounds as if they are speaking through their nose
orotund: an orotund voice is loud and clear
penetrating: a penetrating voice or sound is so high or loud that it makes you slightly uncomfortable
plummy: a plummy voice or way of speaking is considered to be typical of an English person of a high social class. This word shows that you dislike people who speak like this.
quietly: in a quiet voice
raucous: a raucous voice or noise is loud and sounds rough
ringing: a ringing sound or voice is very loud and clear
rough: a rough voice is not soft and is unpleasant to listen to
shrill: a shrill noise or voice is very loud, high, and unpleasant
silvery: a silvery voice or sound is clear, light, and pleasant
singsong: if you speak in a singsong voice, your voice rises and falls in a musical way
small: a small voice or sound is quiet
smoky: a smoky voice or smoky eyes are sexually attractive in a slightly mysterious way
softly spoken: someone who is softly spoken has a quiet gentle voice
sotto voce adjective, adverb: in a very quiet voice
stentorian: a stentorian voice sounds very loud and severe
strangled: a strangled sound is one that someone stops before they finish making it
strangulated: strangled
strident: a strident voice or sound is loud and unpleasant
taut: used about something such as a voice or expression that shows someone is nervous or angry
thick: if your voice is thick with an emotion, it sounds less clear than usual because of the emotion
thickly: with a low voice that comes mostly from your throat
thin: a thin voice or sound is high and unpleasant to listen to
throaty: a throaty sound is low and seems to come from deep in your throat
tight: a tight voice or expression shows that you are nervous or annoyed
toneless: a toneless voice does not express any emotion
tremulous: if something such as your voice or smile is tremulous, it is not steady, for example because you are afraid or excited
wheezy: a wheezy noise sounds as if it is made by someone who has difficulty breathing
wobbly: if your voice is wobbly, it goes up and down, usually because you are frightened, not confident, or are going to cry
I always find these useful, just for when you know your writing is bland.

Camp Wrimo Day 1: 758 words

Not the best, not where I wanted to write, but words. Words on paper.

I consider that a success.