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Literature is the memory…


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Daniel Smith watercolor

It’s believed that the myth of the Valkyries as shapeshifters and “choosers of the slain” originated from the carrion beasts (ravens and wolves specifically) that would descend in a battle’s aftermath to feed on the battlefield’s dead.

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"People say to write about what you know. I’m here to tell you, no one wants to read that, because you don’t know anything. So write about something you don’t know. And don’t be scared, ever."

— Toni Morrison (via ktempest)

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"All that writers can do is keep trying to say what is deepest in their hearts."

— Lloyd Alexander (via zenarchism)

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Describing Characters Through 'Showing'


Describing characters can be a little bit of a ‘telling’ minefield. While you are almost certainly going to end up with some ‘told’ description of a character, try to keep it to a minimum, ‘showing’ things about their appearance through action and dialogue instead.


Instead of ‘She was…


"Fingolfin unfurled his blue and silver banners, and blew his horns, and flowers sprang beneath his marching feet, and the ages of the stars were ended."

If White Characters Were Described Like People Of Color In Literature

6. She didn’t know it yet but the girl of her dreams had just walked in. Her eyes were radiant and her skin glowed with mozzarella undertones.
15. Her beauty was indescribable, which means she’s white.
16. For the first time in his life, he found himself imagining a future together with someone. He was embarrassed to tell her this but he had never really been in love with the women he had dated. “Well who would play me in this rom-com of your life?” she teasingly inquired. “You have such beautiful olive skin,” he crooned, “so you can be a person of color or racially ambiguous in the book but definitely a white woman in the movie.”

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"Five Great Charters knit the land
Together linked, hand in hand
One in the people who wear the crown
Two in the folk who keep the Dead down
Three and Five became stone and mortar
Four sees all in frozen water."

The Old Kingdom/Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix

"The average prison sentence of men who kill their women partners is 2 to 6 years. Women who kill their male partners are sentenced on average to 15 years. This is despite the fact that 86% of female offenders kill in self-defense, while males are most likely to kill out of possessiveness (82%), abuse (75%) and during arguments (63%). Women are eight times more likely than men to be killed by an intimate partner."

Fact Sheet on Battered Women in Prison (via shortbreadsh)

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“Please,” said Lirael…”I think I would like to work in the Library.”
"The Library," repeated Sanar, looking troubled. "That can be dangerous to a girl of fourteen. Or a woman of forty, for that matter.” 
― Garth Nix, Lirael