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acosmist - One who believes that nothing exists paralian - A person who lives near the sea aureate - Pertaining to the fancy or flowery words used by poets dwale - To wander about deliriously sabaism - The worship of stars dysphoria - An unwell feeling aubade - A love song which is sung at dawn eumoirous - Happiness due to being honest and wholesome mimp - To speak in a prissy manner, usually with pursed lips
so, i've been wanting to write a little short love story, and i'd like to ask, what do you think the very first thought/ feelings/ sights the character would have? i mean, i want to be realistic, i want to original too, and most descriptions have way overused lines like 'they had beautiful eyes' could you give me a little help?
The first thing the character notices will be very subjective to their personality, tastes, and even height (the first thing I notice about people is that I often need to crane my neck to look them in the eye). It might even be that your character simply notices their Future Love Interest look nice and falls in love with the FLI’s “attractive features” later in the novel.
Some tips (that are all subjective)
Eyebrows. You get crazy ones, drawn-on ones, missing ones, rough ones, omg how do you do the perfect ones, quizzical ones, and everything in the middle. Eyebrows frame a face and add shape to the eye, so I think they’re worth going into (see here and here)
Mouths. Your characters - or at least one of them - will be interested in kissing dem lips. Are they thin? Plump? Pouty? Even the curve of the mouth can be interesting. My friend has an upward curve to his mouth and he looks perpetually good-natured
Scents. It’s scientifically proven we choose mates based on how they smell. Your character will probably love their FLI’s scent. Describe how addicting/intoxicating/sweet it is. The FLI might wear perfume or cologne, and I suppose you could describe that, but I’m talking about natural body smell. I’ve always found this perfume descriptor to be helpful, even when referring to natural body smells.
Clothing/accessories. We express our interests and personality through their clothes. Is the FLI wearing soft colors that soothe and relax, or loud, clashing colors that make you pay attention? Is the FLI wearing a fandom tee that your character loves? Bam. Instant appreciation and a conversation starter.
Eyes. Yes, yes you mentioned this was overused, but there’s a reason for it. “Eyes are the window to the soul” and all that. You don’t even need to focus on their eye color: try their eye shape, their eyelashes, their eye makeup (if any), or the size of their eyes. You can also describe how their eyes affect the rest of their face - are their huge eyes all you see? Are they heavily lidded and therefore make the FLI appear relaxed? Does their upward tilt make the FLI appear feline?
Emotions and thoughts are even more subjective than what the character sees, so I’ll just give a few examples.
Relaxed. (This person is nice. I want to get to know them.)
UwU (This person is really cute and I want to snuggle with them)
Suspicion (This person is too good to be true. They’re definitely a serial killer)
Unworthiness (This person is so attractive. I could never date someone like that.)
Potential (I wouldn’t mind dating you)
Calculation (Is it worth dating them?)
Fixation (Can I ruffle your hair?)
Mild embarrassment (This person is hot and I am making an ass out of myself)
Awkwardness (hey, you. um … your nose is cool)
Open attraction (“Hey hottie!”/”I love your sweater”)
Internally hyperventilating (jesus take the wheel this person is hot)
Appreciation (what a stud!)
Arousal (get thee to my bedchamber)
And sometimes it isn’t even an immediate reaction. Sometimes you befriend someone and you socialize, but there are no mad torrents of emotion usually characterizing love. Sometimes it’s a creeping realization that pounces on you at one in the morning and won’t release you from its claws. Sometimes you look over after a shared joke and realize how beautiful their eyes are or how attractive they are when they laugh, even though you never found them attractive before. Sometimes it’s like that.
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I think it's a bit ignorant to criticize someone's use of vocabulary for sounding "too smart". It is difficult to verbalize a specific argument without using specific terminology, especially when character limits are involved. It is okay if someone knows more than you about something. Knocking someone down for being eloquent is a bit gradeschool, and shows an unattractive level of intellectual insecurity.
I love smart people. I love big words. I even use them from time to time. But if I’m talking to a group of people who know nothing about photography, I’m not going to assume they know what the inverse square law is. I’m not going to casually mention a Bayer filter without an explanation.
I did not find that person to be eloquent and I don’t think they chose their words for specificity’s sake. Using niche terms that are not common in most people’s vocabulary is classic tactic to help one sound intellectually superior. The idea being, if people don’t understand, they will assume you are correct.
I want to live in an intellectual world, but I wish it to be free of arrogance. When I listen to people like Bill Nye or Neil deGrasse Tyson, I feel like they are enthusiastic about sharing all they know with anyone who will listen. When I read that person’s message I felt like they were just trying to say, “I know more than you, so I am right.”
i’m still gonna re-read it when hox finishes around christmas but this guy’s translation wasn’t bad at all and there wasn’t really anything i had trouble understanding (the raws are shit quality though)