Thursday, August 25, 2016

Writers' Dictionary

In this post, I have compiled a few things that are helpful to writers during their work, or to non-writers trying to understand their writer friends.

Black hole of world-building- (n)  an aspect of world-building which consumes the writer's thoughts and interests, and becomes an obsession. Often results in extremely long and detailed notes. See writer's insanity.

Blank Brain Syndrome- (n)  a crippling condition in which the writer completely loses their ability to think, problem-solve, or remember what they were doing in their writing. See writer's block.

Character- (n)  a fictional being that exists in a story, and is created by the writer. Sometimes has a mind of their own, causing arguments between the writer and the character.

Editing- (v)  a task in which the writer carefully goes over their writing to fix typos, correct spelling and grammar mistakes, make sure things are phrased well, the story makes sense, etc. Sometimes seems like a never-ending or tortuous process.

Hole of difficulty- (n)  a metaphorical hole one leaps into, which is difficult for the writer to escape from, and which is dug deeper and deeper over time. Represents the writer's tendency to do something difficult in their writing, and the farther they get into their writing, the deeper they get in the difficult aspects of it.

Notes- (n)  compilation of ideas that writer does not wish to forget. Applies to plot outlines, story excerpts, biology of fictional animals, and other things relating to writing. Often disorganized, extensive, nerdy, and/or only understandable by the writer.

Procrastination- (v)  1. frame of mind which causes the writer to think, "I'll do it later," in regards to writing-related tasks. Can apply to editing, deciding on a name for a fictional land, looking up something for a story, facing that difficult scene, or to writing in general. Sometimes caused by distractions such as television and books.  2. avoiding real-life tasks such as vacuuming, eating, and going to bed, in order to work on that all-important story.

Pro Writing Aid- (n)  a website which helps writers correct their work. It is extremely helpful, but also time-consuming and strict.

Spell-check- (n)  also called spell-checker. A handy tool built into word processors and other programs. Its function is to prevent spelling mistakes. Some also have grammar-checking capabilities. Note that this feature may have imperfections.

Spell-check dictionary- (n)  a list of words which spell-checkers use to correct your work. Not always a complete list, and as a result, is occasionally inaccurate.

Typo- (n)  short for typographical error. A spelling or grammar mistake made in writing. Easily noticed when reading another individual's work, but often invisible when editing one's own writing.

Writer- (n)  1. a person who procrastinates tasks such as eating and putting away laundry in order to edit their manuscript.  2. a crazy person who quotes dialogue, laughs at things going on in their head, and randomly pauses to write down something they do not wish to forget.

Writer's block- (n)  the state of being unable to write. Caused by a myriad of things, including plot holes and being over-critical of one's writing abilities.

Writer's high- (n)  a sense of incredible, intoxicating elation when writing is going well, or when you write the ending to that manuscript you've been working on for nearly a year.

Writer's insanity- (n)  a mental state afflicting writers, causing them to become crazy or obsessive about certain things, such as editing, the perfect descriptive word, phrasing of a sentence, etc.

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