I went scouting through the internet for words to describe a character’s voice. Here’s a handy list for all you writers:
- Adenoidal/Nasal - Some of the sound seems to come through the nose.
- Appealing - Shows that you want help, approval, or agreement.
- Breathy - With loud breathing noises.
- Brittle - You sound as if you are about to cry.
- Croaky - Sounds as if they have a sore throat.
- Dead - They feel or show no emotion.
- Disembodied - Voice comes from someone who you cannot see.
- Flat - Spoken in a voice that does not go up and down.
- Fruity - Deep and strong in a pleasant way.
- Grating - Unpleasant and annoying.
- Gravelly - Low and rough.
- Gruff - Has a rough low sound.
- Guttural - Deep and made at the back of your throat.
- High-Pitched - Very high and shrill.
- Hoarse - Low rough voice, usually because their throat is sore.
- Honeyed - Falsely sweet voice.
- Husky - A husky voice is deep and sounds hoarse often in an attractive way.
- Low - Quiet and difficult to hear / in a deep voice.
- Matter-of-fact - Used about someone’s behavior or voice.
- Modulated - Controlled and pleasant to listen to.
- Monotonous - Boring because it does not change in loudness or become higher or lower.
- Orotund - Loud and clear.
- Penetrating - So high or loud that it makes you uncomfortable.
- Plummy - This word shows that you dislike people who speak like this.
- Quietly - In a quiet voice.
- Raucous - Loud and sounds rough.
- Ringing - very loud and clear.
- Rough - Not soft and is unpleasant to listen to.
- Shrill - Very loud, high, and unpleasant.
- Silvery - Clear, light, and pleasant.
- Singsong - Rises and falls in a musical way.
- Small - A small voice or sound is quiet.
- Smoky - Sexually attractive in a slightly mysterious way.
- Softly Spoken - A quiet gentle voice.
- Sotto Voce - A very quiet voice.
- Stentorian - Loud and severe.
- Strangulated - One that someone stops before they finish making it.
- Strident - Loud and unpleasant.
- Taut - Shows someone is nervous or angry.
- Thick - Voice sounds less clear because of an emotion.
- Thin - High and unpleasant to listen to.
- Throaty - Low and seems to come from deep in your throat.
- Tight - Shows that you are nervous or annoyed.
- Toneless - Does not express any emotion.
- Tremulous - It is not steady because you are afraid or excited.
- Wheezy - Has difficulty breathing.
- Wobbly - Unstable tone due to fright or emotions.
A saying is something that is said, notable in one respect or another, to be “a pithy expression of wisdom or truth”.
There are a number of specific types of saying:
Adage – An aphorism that has gained credibility by virtue of long use.
Aphorism – A concise definition, notably memorable.
Apophthegm – “…an edgy, more cynical aphorism; such as, ‘Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.’”
Bromide – A phrase or platitude that, having been employed excessively, suggests insincerity or a lack of originality in the speaker employing it.
Cliché – An overly commonplace, hackneyed or trite saying.
Epigram – A poetic form of comment on a particular idea, occurrence, or person.
Epithet – A descriptive word or phrase that has become a popular formulation.
Gnome – (Greek: gnome, from gignoskein, to know) A type of saying, especially an aphorism or a maxim, that is designed to provide instruction in a compact form.
Idiom – “…an expression whose meaning can’t be derived simply by hearing it, such as ‘Kick the bucket.’”
Mantra – A religious or mystical syllable or poetic phrase.
Maxim – A principle or rule. A maxim is a wise saying, especially one intended to advise or recommend a course of conduct. In comparison to its approximate synonyms: saying, adage, saw, motto, epigram, proverb, aphorism, the term maxim stresses the succinct formulation of an ultimate truth, a fundamental principle, or a rule of conduct. The word derives from the Latin word maximus, “greatest”, via an expression maxima propositio, “greatest premise”.
Motto – A concise expression of motivation used by a group or individual.
Platitude – A flat, insipid, trite, or weak remark.
Proverb – An expression of practical truth or wisdom.
Quip – A witty or funny observation.
Saw – A saying that is commonplace, longstanding and occasionally trite.
Witticism – A smart saying, notable for its form or style rather than its content.
After seeing your hair color post, I can’t help but ask two more questions on the same topic. Where can a find a list of hairstyles and how would I go about describing types of hair?- fissionfiragaburst
1. Tosser – Supreme Asshole or jerk.
2. Wanker – Idiot
3. Slag – Whore, the worst kind
4. Lost the plot – Gone crazy or completely stupid.
5. Daft Cow – Dumb, large woman
6. Arsehole – Asshole
7. Barmy – Stupid or crazy.
8. Chav – White Trash / Low Class
9. Dodgy – Shady character
10. Git – Moron, Idiot
11. Gormless – Complete lack of common sense
12. Manky – Disgusting
13. Minger – Very unattractive woman
14. Muppet – Dimwit (not the puppet variety)
15. Naff – Tacky
16. Pikey – White trash – also used to slight Gypsies or Irish Travellers
17. Pillock – Idiot
18. Plonker – Idiot
19. Prat - Idiot, asshole
20. Scrubber – A nicer way to say slag
21. Trollop – A lady of questionable morals
22. Uphill Gardener – Another way of saying homosexual
23. Twit – Idiot
24. Knob Head – Dickhead
25. Piss Off – Go Away
26. Bell End – Dick Head (bell end also means penis)
27. Lazy Sod – Useless idiot
28. Skiver – Lazy sod
29. Knob – Dick
30. Wazzock – Someone so dumb they can only do manual labor (from Yorkshire)
31. Ninny – Brilliant but inferior
32. Berk – Idiot
33. Airy-fairy – Not strong, weak.
34. Ankle-biters – Children
35. Arse-licker – A sycophant
36. Arsemonger – A person that generate contempt.
37. Chuffer – An annoying perfusion
38. Daft as a bush – Silly, Crazy
39. Dead from the neck up –Stupid.
40. Gannet – Greedy person.
41. Gone to the dogs – rotten, deteriorated
42. Ligger – freeloader
43. Like a dog with two dicks – Man whore
44. Mad as a bag of ferrets – Crazy
45. Maggot – A despicable person
46. Mingebag – A bad person, an asshole who might be cheap.
47. Not batting on a full wicket – Eccentric person a little crazy or odd.
48. Plug-Ugly – Very Ugly person
49. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys – The French
50. Nutter— Someone’s who’s clearly crazy
I enjoy this.
And this is why I’m proud to be British.
This is very helpful! :D
If you were a time traveler and you went back in time and killed yourself (just go with me), what do you think would happen to you currently - as the person that killed your younger self?
Some people think it goes against many time laws and it creates a paradox because if you went back in time to kill yourself then you cant live on to kill yourself…right. So i’m asking how you view time:
a) The first is Fixed Timeline. History is written. Anything you do when you go back in time is how it always happened and nothing in the future can be changed. So if you go back in time and try to kill someone you loathe, stabbing them in the stomach, and then go forward in time back to present day, you realize that your attempt at killing that person was bad. Because maybe that person - in the past when you went back to kill them - was found by someone walking by and they were rushed to hospital, saving their life. And their moment was so traumatic for them that they sort of repressed it, and repressed you trying to kill them. Basically a fixed timeline is what it says it is: you can go forwards and backwards but you cannot leave that timeline - so you can’t change anything, and if you think you changed anything, it’s actually what was always supposed to happen. That person was always stabbed by you and they were always going to be found and saved. It’s what always happened - you just didn’t experience until you actually did it. Examples for this kind of time travel is seen in Lost, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and The Terminator.
b) The next way is the Dynamic Timeline. This is the one that most scientists veer to, most likely. You’ll see why. In this Dynamic Timeline the time traveler goes back to kill his grandfather, shooting him dead. The time traveler, kills his grandfather before he is able to have children. He kills the person that would eventually marry and have a child who would marry and have him - the time traveler. So he’s preventing his own birth by killing his grandfather, and if he is never born, he can’t grow up and become a time traveler, thus not being able to go back in time and kill his grandfather, which makes his grandfather stay living, which makes the time traveler born who grows up to time travel and go back and kill the grandfather. It is an endless loop and creates aparadox. This type of time travel is seen in Back to the Future.
Paradox (noun) - a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true. (via google)
For more on this type of time travel see this video of the Grandfather Paradox
c) The third is the Multiverse Timeline. This is the type of time travel where the idea of multiple or alternate timelines can exist in an infinite number of possibilities. If Jane is a time traveler and leaves her current timeline and goes back in time she is causing an opposing timeline from the first. So Jane can do anything and the only timeline that will be affected will be that current one she is changing. Which means the timeline that she left is untouched, except that they are missing Jane from it because she’s traveling. So, basically Jane can kill all her grandparents and nothing will happen because there are no paradoxes in this type of time travel. Jane just created a new timeline. However you cannot return to your current one. This type of time travel is seen in Back to the Future 2 & 3.
If you are interested more in this amazing subject, there are tons of books that you can read, as well as really good movies (listed in the three types of timelines).
- The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1895)
- Timeline by Michael Crichton (1999)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (1999) (even though it is not a time travel book, the ending does have it)
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (2003)
- Time After Time by Karl Alexander (1979)
- Faces In Time: A Time Traveler Thriller by Lewis E. Aleman
…and many more
So that brings us back to my question: If you were a time traveler and you went back in time and killed yourself (just go with me), what do you think would happen to you currently - as the person that killed your younger self?
What do you think would happen if you went back and killed yourself? Some would say you would be unaffected, some would say it’s impossible and some would say you would seize to exist. But what do you think?
Then there’s Doctor Who which alternately, and yet in a co-existent manner, works under both fixed and multiverse timelines. In a great big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey… stuff.
I dunno about you guys, but I hate cliches like ‘emerald green’, ‘obsidian’, or ‘sky blue’ when describing eye colors. Here are a couple of places I’d like to share to help prevent cliches in writing descriptive characters:
List of Colors (Wikipedia) - Goes into shades of colors in lower links
The Beatles - Here Comes the Sun
(in this instance, George Harrison & Paul Simon)
I feel that ice is slowly melting
It seems like years since it’s been clear
Anonymous asked: do you know about any complicated/long words for being angry?
Here are some links that I think will help:
- Word List: Alternatives to “Angry”
- Thesaurus.com’s Entry for “Angry”
- DailyWritingTips’s List of 75 Synonyms for “Angry”
- More Words’s Entry for “Angry”
- Vocabulary.com’s Entry for “Angry”
Make sure to look up any words you don’t recognize before you use them in your writing!
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After some casual poking about on Google, I came up with this list:
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- Seventh Sanctum’s Story Generator
- Brian Stokes’s Random Logline Generator - Zombie Edition!
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- GotPoetry.com’s Short Story Starter
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- Teresa Nielsen Hayden’s Random Plot Generator
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- Plot-O-Tron: Traditional Fantasy Edition
Works like the above, but with fantasy-oriented results.
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Just what it says on the tin.
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Create creepypasta/horror plots. Warning: Not for chickens.
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Create outlines for fairytale-type stories.
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