Writers’ Resources: Tumblr
Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be trawling through various social media platforms to find our favourite writers’ resources.
Our first stop was Tumblr; that bandwidth-killing rabbit hole that seems to bring out the fun and crazy in equal measure.
It’s often overlooked by literary bloggers because it’s so visual, but it’s being embraced by some for its layouts and interactive elements.
While it’s not always the easiest place to navigate if you don’t know where to go – the creative writing tag is a hotchpotch of motivational quotes and hilarious reaction gifs that will put you in such a good mood you’ll forget what you were searching for in the first place – there are some fantastic and comprehensive writing tools on there that other blogging platforms just can’t replicate.
For the Tumblr shy, “Fuck Yeah” blogs tend to be the ones to follow because they’re the most established and popular. This one is designed to get you thinking more deeply about your character’s basic personality traits, physical appearance and motivations. Writers are free to ask anonymous questions about how to tackle specific problems, while there are also writing challenges and prompts to get you thinking about how your character would react in certain situations.
Now that you’ve got the guts of your character down on paper, you might be having trouble picturing them in your head. Character Inspiration is simply an archive of images that you can use to give your protagonist a face.
This is a great reference blog for world building. Posts include information about dressing your characters for cold weather (complete with pictures and detailed descriptions about fabric), images of unusual places around the world that you can use to inspire your locations, and adjective lists you can use when describing character traits like speech.
This Tumblr is essentially an amalgamation of every possible resource you could use to write. Their posts range from basic writing tips on subjects like genre and character building, to ridiculously specific resource lists detailing everything from how a character can die to possible mental disorders. They even have icongraphics for things like military hand signals and ways to say “achoo!” in fifty different languages. If your character has a taste for something peculiar then you should be able to find out more about it here.
In addition to their thoughtful writing prompts, or Writer’s Blocks as they call them, you should also check out their Writer’s Toolbox page for a fantastic list of resources. Their posts are categorised according to the following subjects: plot, character, inspiration, formatting, language, style, industry, editing, resources, genre, planning, non-fiction, setting, poetry and theme. It’s a very sleek blog devoted to educating writers.
If you want to just immerse yourself in book appreciation for an hour, then this is the place to do it. Book Mania is curated by some passionate bibliophiles, from its reviews and interesting facts to its literary extracts. A highlight for me is the admired libraries section, where there are pictures of some of the most beautiful libraries in the world.
Sometimes you just need to pick yourself up with a quote about writing. Or you want to read something beautiful from an author you really admire. Quotes here are updated every three days.
Did we miss your favourite Tumblr about writing? Let us know in the comments!