Anonymous writing advice

We could both work together on the thread? Is that okay @Eleanor_W-15?

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As long as that’s okay with you
And @Dusk you’d need to send me your gmail

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I’m good with that! This way when I’m at work Dusk can get them.

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OMG! How did I not know about this thread?! I constantly need advice. Putting this thread on watching (wink)

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Even if this is four months old, I’m going to assume the user is still on the forums today. Third-person is usually a tricky one to write with if you do not want to use pronouns as much. One way, to cut down on the pronouns is to use their actual name in the sentence. As much as, I want to say there is no way to get by with less description because there isn’t. Usually, cutting out of the pronouns is where you would need to bring in more description to help relieve you od using an enormous amount of pronouns. here is an article you can read. It might help you out more.

Hmm I would suggest looking at drawn face claims as well. You can always download a Paint By Number image to use a face claim from a Paint by Number app. You can also go to my thread Face Claims, PFP, Character Images, cute practice drawing images thread! for face claims from the apps I use. It’s best to get what the character looks like down first before you build up the personality of the character. I think asking yourself these questions would be best:

  • What type of hair color does your LI have? What type of hairstyle are you looking for?
  • How innocent of a face are you looking for? Baby Face? Pretty boy?
  • How tall is he? What is his body built like? Soft? Athletic? Medium Build? Plus Size? Skinny?
  • Where does he come from? Is it a fictional place inspired by a real place?

With the last question, if your story is based on a real place then you should try to stick with names from that region so that way the character will feel more natural. If you don’t tie the character to an anchor in the real world then it will become hard to find what you are looking for.

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You need to bring a realism to the character. It’s best to use character questionnaires to help you get a better grasp on the personality of your character. I will link a few threads below to help you out. Most of the time you have to ask yourself “What would you do if you were your character?”. Keeping that mental note when asking yourself questions will help with making characters. Never forget to add flaws! It’s fundamental element of the character which makes them more relatable. These are a handful of top threads that go over a character’s personality. When it comes to clothing I would look for clothes that aren’t in a face claim. It’s always best to pick them out separately because like you have run into the clothing doesn’t match your character. I would also suggest roaming the RP section which can help with getting into more detail with your characters as well.





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Should I write my book in third person or first person?

This is a good question. In all honesty, it’s better to write in Second Person or Third Person for novels. You can write in First Person but you run into the issue of description is limited. Most descriptive scenes use Third Person because they have a broader range of writing techniques to use. If you were to go with First Person then I would suggest writing the novel like a journal entry style. Here are some links to help you figure out which one you want to use instead.

https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-write-in-first-person-point-of-view

https://www.masterclass.com/articles/what-is-second-person-point-of-view-in-writing-how-to-writer-in-second-person-narrative-voice-with-examples

https://www.masterclass.com/articles/what-is-third-person-point-of-view-in-writing-how-to-write-in-third-person-narrative-voice-with-examples

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#25
How do I create a strong good will female character without making her a mary-sue?

@ShanniiWrites actually made a blog post on how to not write Mary Sues. I’m going to post that link below. The best way to not create a Mary Sue is to make sure your character isn’t overpowered or robotic. You need to add a humane trait to their personality which hinders them in any way. Always bring in supporting characters as well. Now, what I listed above is not the only thing you would need to do in order to make the right changes to your character. I highly recommend the posts I link in this reply.




I will post more later today.

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I’m only posting the questions right now. Anyone can answer them.

#26
How do I write an androgynous masculine male character who is comfortable wearing skirts without making them too feminine.

#27
How do I write a female character who always gets in trouble without making her too annoying?

#28
How do I write a calm, gentle but passionate male character.

#29
How do I write an arrogant male character (who later get rid of his arrogance) without making him ooc.

#30
How do I write a story based on the royal system?

#31
A bit of a frustrating thing Im going through rn. Trying to write an MC for a dark-ish story. The last book I read was a comedy so I keep writing it in a comedic style lol. Also, Im trying to describe an environment where the MC is almost two different people- one side of her is strange and very aloof and daydreamy while the other side is the "perfect daughter". When trying to portray these things I keep noticing I go about it in the wrong ways. The last time I tried to write it I wrote that she forgot who she was and would have severe lapses in time and tbh it sounded like she had DID (dissociated identity disorder) or something along those lines but I didnt want to make her have that because I dont think I could accurately portray it. But I keep kinda getting stuck. Help?

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Uh… I think I have achieved this with my Remy if you wanna talk.

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@Dusk do you want to be co-hosts for this thread?

I would definitely talk to Cali about her character to get advice here on the forums. Here are a few links that could help you out. I’m not used to writing androgynous characters so I can only direct you to other sources for now.



You’re going to want to invoke emotion from the reader that makes the character relatable when she gets into trouble. Check this link out to see if it will help you out. The next link is to make sure you don’t mess up the strength of your female character. The last link is about how to create a female character without them being annoying even to you. If you are getting annoyed then most likely the readers will get annoyed as well.



When you start writing about stories based around a royal court then you will need to do some research for this. Definitely watch shows based on monarchs, read books based on monarchs, and make to look for articles when it comes to looking up tips. I have already found some articles that should help you out. I’m also linking the article I wrote about writing upper-class characters. You will need to go over both the characters and the court system in its entirety to understand how to write this type of story.




So, you are actually writing two very hard types of writing in one character. In order to write dark humor you have to execute the writting in a certain way. I think the first three articles below should help you out. I’m going link below some more about “Masking” since that seems to be what you are talking about I think. Though there are two other ways you can go about this since it follows the line of someone who is either a moody teenager, someone who has bipolar Disorder, or even someone who has Borderline Personality Disorder. Writing about mental disorders can be tricky. You will want to read many articles about that certain disorder in order to portray it correctly. You need to make sure you don’t hurt the people who suffer from these disorders. Just remember that these disorders also range from mild to severe cases so it’s different with each person.











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Have any questions for advice?

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Nope

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^^^ how’s that?

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Thank you!

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Thanks for trying!

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#32
Putting this question in a Hidden Box for trigger warning conversation about depression.

Question and Response

How to write a character who is suffering from depression (please blur that word if necessary)?
Best way to write about depression is doing research on people with depression. There are many ariticles that go over the proper way to write about sensitive topics like this one in a book. You need to be careful about how you write about the depressive moments because it can come off like another mental disorder which would then become misinformation and insult to those who do have depression. Since, I was recently this year diagnosed with depression I can give you my thoughts on the how it feels to be depressed. I will also link so articles that will help you out a bit more. Depression sneaks up on you when you least expect it. I thought I was tired of working at my work place. I had endured verbal abuse from the assistant manager in the deli for almost a year which downspiraled me into depression. I started to lose focus on what I was doing. I kept pushing things off because I didn’t feel like I could do it. It made me feel like I didn’t want to be there anymore. I had honestly gotten to the point of quitting my job on multiple occaissions because of I was so low. The days were bleeding into one another most of the time. I finally decided to go my doctor to see if I was really depressed or just needed to get back on my ADD meds. I took the test which put me on the higher end of the test results. I have been on my medicine since this past February/March this year. It’s helped me get back to where I was when I first started at my job. I don’t feel like quitting anymore but I did end up transferring departments to get away from the assistant manager.

https://themighty.com/2018/03/how-to-make-realistic-character-depression/
https://www.writerscookbook.com/how-to-write-about-depression/
http://hannahheath-writer.blogspot.com/2016/10/how-to-write-characters-with-depression.html

#33
Another trigger warning topic about abuse, suicide, and PTSD.

Question and Response

I need some advice on how to properly write scenes where my MC, Annas trauma from being abused and watching her moms suicide are shown
Alright, you are covering about three different topics that will need to be researched in order to write the story. I would follow the links I link to this question so that you can properly write Anna’s story. I know some about being verbably abused by a my assistant manager of the deli when I worked in that department. He would get really mad at me which drove me into a really low spot because he was in a higher position than me. I felt like I couldn’t do anything about it. He has anermanage issues that really need to be looked into. Then he would say some snide remarks about the little things such as finding the keys to the compost. He made me cry many nights in a row when I would get home. I will need to say this though do not cut corners when it comes to going over these points in the story. I would suggest looking at #32’s answer about the depression part which is common for those who have seen family members die or even been abused by someone. This is a very hard subject to write on so please be careful when doing so.

Abused:
https://curiosityquills.com/limyaael/abused-characters/
https://springhole.net/writing/write-better-abused-characters.htm

PTSD:
https://writershelpingwriters.net/2018/01/write-characters-ptsd/
https://lisahallwilson.com/how-to-write-about-ptsd-in-deep-point-of-view/
http://www.writerology.net/blog/post/2015/02/getting-it-right-writing-about-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-part-i

Suicide:
https://www.nicolamorgan.com/news/guidelines-for-writing-about-suicide-or-self-harm/
https://bookriot.com/suicide-and-self-harm-in-fiction/
https://www.mindwise.org/blog/suicide-prevention/how-to-write-about-suicide/

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Need any writing advice?

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@Writers
@Episodians
@WattpadWizards

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#34
Hello! Two questions. First, I need a character to be exposed to radioactive material to gain powers. I dont want the plant to explode, because I just want them to be affected. Second, what do you think of a story about a active shooter in a hospital being stopped when the shooter goes into the MRI room and the technician hiding there turns on the machine?

Question One Answer

Alright, for this one there are two ways this could work. One, have the character enter into the area closes to the radiation vessel. The first link below tells you about the different plants that have malfunctioned throughout the history of Nuclear power. I would look up the Fukushima Power Plant meltdown since it was caused by a tsunami rather than an explosion as a model for your story. If you don’t want to right anything that goes over an explosion then I would suggest you write about the radiation starts leaking from the vessel due to a faulty valve or concealing mechanism. The character would need to be closer to the area where this faulty equipment. You could even have a small meltdown where the reactors start overheating which caused the radiation to slip through the compromised structure which your character would be in direct line of the radiation. Once they get the plant back to a safe point your character will be taken to the decontamination building but the radiation has already changed the character by then but the character doesn’t notice anything until days later. You can have the character get a really sick feeling when the meltdown happens. The second link is so that you can get an understanding of how a nuclear plant looks like. I hope this helps!

https://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/safety-and-security/safety-of-plants/safety-of-nuclear-power-reactors.aspx
https://www.google.com/search?q=Where+is+the+most+dangerous+section+in+a+Nuclear+Power+Plant+layout&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwjY4dDqvvftAhUVyawKHc3CBEIQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=Where+is+the+most+dangerous+section+in+a+Nuclear+Power+Plant+layout&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQA1DLwQRYvfQFYJuBBmgRcAB4AIABcogByimSAQQ1MC44mAEAoAEBqgELZ3dzLXdpei1pbWfAAQE&sclient=img&ei=DGLtX9irApWSswXNhZOQBA&bih=663&biw=1366

Question Two Answer

Note that the MRI machine is always on in the room. It just depends on how high the power in the room is. This story is plausible but I would definitely look at the link I’m putting below. It goes over what can be brought into an MRI room and what to not bring into an MRI room. When it comes to writing this scene the dramatic parts are up to you. Just try to make the story seem realistic otherwise it will become cheesy in a sense.

By the way, everyone can answer these questions! It’s best to get advice from multiple people versus one person only.

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