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Literally the most important writing advice there is. All writers should take heed.
10 facts about the woods that most writers are getting wrong.
It’s hard to put a number on how many books I’ve read that feature characters in the woods. Sometimes they’re fleeing, sometimes chasing, sometimes just looking for something to eat.
As someone who spends a lot of time in the woods, I should tell you that most authors get it wrong. Here are ten realities about the woods that every writer should know.
Previous reblogger tagged this: #I have to wonder #if some have even seen woods #much less spent time there.
I have to agree.
If the Blair Witch didn’t get those college kids, they would’ve gotten lost and starved to death anyway.
Grew up in the Pacific Northwest - I love the woods, but yeah. It’s not easy terrain. The only thing that is good is that if you’ve got a couple of hours you can build makeshift shelter very easily, and if you know what plants are edible, you have quite a few (nasty, sour, but edible) options.
What’s caught my eye, is that I’ve noticed in North America, there’s different KINDS of woods. And thus via video I’ve seen the same in Europe. But given writers generally tend to forget even THAT … DO NOT GET ME STATED ON HOW MUCH THEY FUCK UP the JUNGLE.
I’m looking at you POTC fandom.
I’m looking at you Pirate Romance Genre.
The amount of times I want to explain mahogany trees and coconut trees and the different types of jungle shore lines and sand and how and when the sand becomes earth and vines and ground cover and which animals DO NOT GROUP TOGETHER. Not to mention which animals the writers apparently do not even know exist! And how they have NO EFFING CLUE what moves around at dawn, vs noon, vs twilight, vs midnight and just… there are microecosystems within microecosystems that these folks obviously never even watched Discovery channel to see.
And the one glaring, glaring stereotype? They always, ALWAYS want to talk about bright colours in jungles and forget the million shades of green.
My boyfriend and I have been together for about 2 years. It’s been an interesting ride, but a lovely one. For us starting off as unexpectedly as we did (a story for another time), we have a good amount in common. ….But we do have plenty of differences. For example, he’s an avid gamer whereas I’ve only touched “Bejeweled” and “Dead or Alive 2”. He’s most comfortable in nature and the woods while I love the hustle and bustle of the city. He likes the simple things while I aim for the ornate.
…Oh, and he’s a White American and I’m a Black Ghanaian-American.
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So, for the past 2 weeks, I’ve been revamping and adding an ending to this Christmas play I wrote, in hopes that it’ll get performed this December. Listening to the soundtrack I picked out while thinking makes me wish it was snowing already.