A BIG SHEET OF PAPER & A PENCIL
SOME MOTHER FUCKING MACCARONI (MAKE SURE THEY’RE DRY BRO DON’T WANT NO STICKY-ICKY MAP)
AIGHT THAT SHIT DON’T LOOK LIKE NO COUNTRY I KNOW (EXCEPT MAYBE AUSTRALIA FUCK THEM THOUGH)
ORGANIZE YOUR MACCARONI! MAKE SOME FUCKING COASTLINES!
BETTER, BUT NOT FUCKING GOOD! WHATEVER, TRACE THE COASTLINE WITH YOUR PENCIL. BE SURE TO BE SLIGHTLY SQUIGGLY AND, OH, FUCK THOSE LITTLE ISLANDS YOU MADE THEY’RE NOT BIG ENOUGH TO BE WOBBLY ENOUGH SO YOU’RE BETTER OFF USING EITHER RICE (OR SIMILAR) OR JUST TRY TO MAKE SOME REALISTIC FUCKING ISLANDS (SPOILER: YOU WON’T)
GOOD ENOUGH I GUESS WHATEVER LOOK AT THAT VAGUE SORT OF ISLAND/COUNTRY/CONTINENT SHAPED PIECE OF SHIT. SEE THE ISLANDS? I FUCKING TOLD YOU SO DAWG.
NOW TAKE A SHARPIE AND MAKE EVEN SQUIGGLIER FUCKING LINES AS YOU FILL IN YOUR ISOUNINENT
LOOK AT THIS WONDERFUL PIECE OF SHIT IT TOOK ME LITERALLY TEN MINUTES TO MAKE TOPS AND NOW YOU JUST NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHERE TO PUT ALL YOUR DWARF-FUCKING ELVES AND LIZARD-PEOPLE WITH BOOBS
FUCKING GOOD JOB
Journals, articles, books & texts, on folklore, mythology, occult, and related -to- general anthropology, history, archaeology.
Some good and/or interesting (or hokey) ‘examples’ included for most resources.
tryin to organize & share stuff that was floating around onenote.
Journals (open access)
— Folklore, Occult, etc
- Culutural Analysis - folklore, popular culture, anthropology
— The Mythical Ghoul in Arabic Culture
- Folklore - folklore, anthropology, archaeology
— The Making of a Bewitchment Narrative, Grecian Riddle Jokes
- Incantatio - journal on charms, charmers, and charming
— Verbal Charms from a 17th Century Manuscript
- Oral Tradition
— Jewish Folk Literature, Noises of Battle in Old English Poetry
- Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics
— Nani Fairtyales about the Cruel Bride, Energy as the Mediator between Natural and Supernatural Realms
- International Journal of Intangible Heritage
- Studia Mythologica Slavica (many articles not English)
— Dragon and Hero, Fertility Rites in the Raining Cave, The Grateful Wolf and Venetic Horses in Strabo’s Geography
- Folklorica - Slavic & Eastern European folklore association
— Ritual: The Role of Plant Characteristics in Slavic Folk Medicine, Animal Magic
- Esoterica - The Journal of Esoteric Studies
— The Curious Case of Hermetic Graffiti in Valladolid Cathedral
- The Esoteric Quarterly
- Mythological Studies Journal
- Luvah - Journal of the Creative Imagination
— A More Poetical Character Than Satan
- Transpersonal Studies
— Shamanic Cosmology as an Evolutionary Neurocognitive Epistemology, Dreamscapes
- Beyond Borderlands
- GOLEM - Journal of Religion and Monsters
— The Religious Functions of Pokemon, Anti-Semitism and Vampires in British Popular Culture 1875-1914
- Correspondences - Online Journal for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism
— Kriegsmann’s Philological Quest for Ancient Wisdom
— History, Archaeology
- Adoranten - pre-historic rock art
- Chitrolekha - India art & design history
— Gomira Dance Mask
- Silk Road
— Centaurs on the Silk Road: Hellenistic Textiles in Western China
- Sino-Platonic - East Asian languages and civilizations
— Discursive Weaving Women in Chinese and Greek Traditions
- MELA Notes - Middle East Librarians Association
- Didaskalia - Journal for Ancient Performance
- Ancient Narrative - Greek, Roman, Jewish novelistic traditions
— The Construction of the Real and the Ideal in the Ancient Novel
- Akroterion - Greek, Roman
— The Deer Hunter: A Portrait of Aeneas
- Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies
— Erotic and Separation Spells, The Ancients’ One-Horned Ass
- Roman Legal Tradition - medieval civil law
— Between Slavery and Freedom
- Phronimon - South African society for Greek Philosophy and the Humanities
— Special Issue vol. 13 #2, Greek philosophy in dialogue with African+ philosophy
- The Heroic Age - Early medieval Northwestern Europe
— Icelandic Sword in the Stone
- Peregrinations - Medieval Art and Architecture
— Special Issue vol. 4 #1, Mappings
- Tiresas - Medieval and Classical
— Sexuality in the Natural and Demonic Magic of the Middle Ages
- Essays in Medieval Studies
— The Female Spell-caster in Middle English Romances, The Sweet Song of Satan
- Hortulus - Medieval studies
— Courtliness & the Deployment of Sodomy in 12th-Century Histories of Britain, Monsters & Monstrosities issue, Magic & Witchcraft issue
- Annual of Medieval Studies at CEU
- Medieval Archaeology
— Divided and Galleried Hall-Houses, The Hall of the Knights Templar at Temple Balsall
- Medieval Feminist Forum
— multiculturalism issue; Gender, Skin Color and the Power of Place … Romance of Moriaen, Writing Novels About Medieval Women for Modern Readers, Amazons & Guerilleres
- Quidditas - medieval and renaissance
- Medieval Warfare
- The Viking Society - ridiculous amount of articles from 1895-2011
Journals (limited free/sub/institution access)
- Al-Masaq - Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean
— Piracy as Statecraft: The Policies of Taifa of Denia, free issue
- Mythical Creatures of Europe - article + map
- Folklore - limited free access
— Volume 122 #3, On the Ambiguity of Elves
- Digital Philology - a journal of medieval cultures
— Saracens & Race in Roman de la Rose Iconography
- Pomegranate - International Journal for Pagan Studies
- Transcultural Psychiatry
- European Journal of English Studies
— Myths East of Venice issue, Esotericism issue
Books, Texts, Images etc.
— Folklore, Occult etc.
- Magical Gem Database - Greek/Egyptian gems & talismans [x] [x]
- Biblioteca Aracana - (mostly) Greek pagan history, rituals, poetry etc.
— Greater Tool Consecration, The Yew-Demon
- Curse Tablets from Roman Britain - [x]
- The Gnostic Society Library
— The Corpus Hermeticum, Hymn of the Robe of Glory
- Grimoar - vast occult text library
— Grimoires, Greek & Roman Necromancy, Queer Theology, Ancient Christian Magic
- Internet Sacred Text Archive - religion, occult, folklore, etc. ancient texts
- Verse and Transmutation - A Corpus of Middle English Alchemical Poetry
- The Internet Classics Archive - mainly Greco-Roman, some Persian & Chinese translated texts
- Bodleian Oriental Manuscript Collection - [x] [x] [x]
- Virtual Magic Bowl Archive - Jewish-Aramaic incantation bowl text and images [x] [x]
- Vindolanda Tablets - images and translations of tablets from 1st & 2nd c. [x]
- Corsair - online catalog of the Piedmont Morgan library (manuscripts) [x] [x]
- Beinecke rare book & manuscripts
— Wagstaff miscellany, al-Qur’ān—1813
- LUNA - tonnes from Byzantine manuscripts to Arabic cartography
- Maps on the web - Oxford Library [x] [x] [x]
- Bodleian Library manuscripts - photographs of 11th-17th c. manuscripts
— Treatises on Heraldry, The Worcester Fragments (polyphonic music), 12 c. misc medical and herbal texts
- Early Manuscripts at Oxford U - very high quality photographs
— (view through bottom left) Military texts by Athenaeus Mechanicus 16th c. [x] [x], MS Douce 195 Roman de la Rose [x] [x]
- Trinity College digital manuscript library
— Mathematica Medica, 15th c.
- eTOME - primary sources about Celtic peoples
— Folklore, Occult etc.
- Demonthings - Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project
- Invocatio - (mostly) western esotericism
- Heterodoxology - history, esotericism, science
— Religion in the Age of Cyborgs
- The Recipes Project - food, magic, science, medicine
— The Medieval Invisible Man (invisibility recipes)
- Morbid Anatomy - museum/library in Brooklyn
- Islamic Philosophy Online - tonnes of texts, articles, links, utilities, this belongs in every section; mostly English
- Medicina Antiqua - Graeco-Roman medicine
- History of the Ancient World - news and resources
— The So-called Galatae, Gauls, Celts in Early Hellenistic Balkans; Maidens, Matrons Magicians: Women & Personal Ritual Power in Late Antique Egypt
- Διοτίμα - Women & Gender in Antiquity
- Bodleian Library Exhibitions Online
— Khusraw & Shirin, Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-Place of Cultures
— folk studies, witchcraft, mythology, science tags
- Atlas Obscura
— Bats and Vampiric Lore of Pére Lachaise Cemetery
I get a lot of questions about plotting, so I figured I’d write up some tips on getting started. Learning how to plot your novel can be difficult, but it’s really all about knowing what your characters want and how they’re going to get it or attempt to get it. A character with motivations and goals will help focus your plot and get you to figure out where it needs to go. Here are a few essentials when it comes to plotting your novel:
Create a plot skeleton
It helps to first jot down the key elements of the story you want to tell. Creating a plot skeleton means getting down to the bare bones of your story. What’s most important? What scenes are essential to your story? Once you figure out those key scenes and have some semblance of a beginning, middle, and an end, you’ll see your story start to come together.
Work on a timeline
If you’re having trouble figuring out when you want things to happen, try working on a timeline. What event needs to happen first in order to lead into the next big event? Your story is going to have some ups and downs, so you need to make sure your story is paced well. You don’t want action, action, action without any rest for your readers. Learning to pace your novel well is an important skill to have as a writer. I suggest reading up on story arcs.
Focus on characters
Your characters will tell the story if you let them. Focusing on the wants and needs of all your characters will help build the plot for you. It’s sometimes as easy as that. Think about what your character wants and go from there. What journey will your character be in for? What does the antagonist want? How do they stand in the way of your protagonist? Think about how one action leads to the next.
Make sure your scenes connect
When telling a story you don’t want to keep saying “and then this happens”. Then you’re just stringing together events without thinking about how they build on each either. You need to think about the “but” in your story. Something like this helps; “Amy wanted to go the school dance, but her mother doesn’t want her to go.” This explains that Amy really wants to do something, but another person is standing in her way. You can begin to think about conflict and why Amy’s mother doesn’t want her to go. You can begin to piece together a story and connect the dots.
Flesh out your story
Once you have all the big scenes figured out, you can begin to add extra detail and flesh out your novel. Spend more time thinking about your world and the specific details of your characters. Work on scenes that will help reveal the setting and all those character details. Figure out what interactions are necessary to give your readers important information. Each scene should work to push the story to its resolution.
Let your characters resolve their problems
It’s very important that you let your characters resolve their problems on their own. If you’re developing your characters along the way, the resolution should be a result of them finally gaining the power, knowledge, strength, etc., to fix things. I know not every story will be “resolved”, but if you want your protagonist to grow in some way they need to figure out their own problems instead of relying on other factors to get them through. A good plot shows how your characters learned to overcome their obstacles on their own.
I have all these ideas written down in a notebook and all worked out in my head i just can’t get myself to actually writing the stories. - foxy-lips
This is a problem I myself have encountered, and it’s extremely frustrating. There’s no exact cure for it but sitting down and trying to write. However, you may want to take a look at the ideas you’ve got in your notebook and decide if they are strong enough to be written at all. If you really like them and they really inspire you, the best you can do is get yourself in the mood and write already. Beware it might not come out right or perfect the first time, but we’re worried about writing right now. Don’t care about making it perfect in the first draft (or ever, because there’s no such thing as perfect).
If you’re experiencing Writer’s Block:
- Relax. I’ve gone through writing hiatuses too, where I can’t seem to even write a sentence. Sometimes I do and believe it’s not good enough, but at least I wrote something. Write when you feel like it. You’re not less of a writer because you can’t write for a while.
- Try freewriting. Write it as it comes and worry about it later. Let the ideas flow and don’t care if they come out ridiculously. Don’t limit yourself!
- Don’t start at the beginning! Write that favorite line that you have in mind, then write the scene surrounding it, then write what came before and what came after it. Once you get out that part, you will most likely get your mind going. Don’t worry about what you can’t write, write what you can!
- Here’s a masterlist of resources and advice.
- Backhanding Procrastination by KSW. A good post that might help you figure how to treat your case.
If you’re lacking motivation
- We’ve got a lot of that. Sometimes, we just need someone to tell us it’s okay that we struggle, that it is not uncommon, and that we just need a little push to get back on track.
Too many ideas!
Also, this is an extra piece of advice I’m going to give to you and any writer that may experience this problem: Do. Your. Work. First. If your mind is a mess of ideas, organize and start from outside.
|Anonymous: Any tips on building a world that has dramatically different cultures? I'm writing a comic and I'm trying to create a world with sci-fi, medieval and possibly western influences. I'm really worried my world is going to feel like patchwork and seem not at all plausible. The only thing I can think of that does this well is guild wars 2 so any examples you can give me that I can examine would be great.||