On Writing: Girls Hiding As Boys

readingwithavengeance:

Let’s say you’ve got yourself a female character, but she needs to hide as a male character for plotty reasons.  How does one go about hiding their gender?  It’s so easy, I’m going to tell you how to do it in two simple steps!

  1. Conform to the host culture’s visual cues that indicate male gender.
  2. Tell everyone you’re male.

Ta-da!  That’s it!  You’re done!  Let’s take a look at why.

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clevergirlhelps:

Includes:
200 male, 200 female, and 200 unisex names
Common and unusual names
Definitions and nationalities
Pronunciations for Irish/Scottish Gaelic names
English, Arabic, Japanese, Italian, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Greek, German, Latin, French, American, Spanish, Scandinavian, Hebrew, Turkish, Russian, Hindi, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Iranian/Persian names
** denotes a name heavily associated with a preexisting entity, fictional or real
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clevergirlhelps:

Includes:

  • 200 male, 200 female, and 200 unisex names
  • Common and unusual names
  • Definitions and nationalities
  • Pronunciations for Irish/Scottish Gaelic names
  • English, Arabic, Japanese, Italian, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Greek, German, Latin, French, American, Spanish, Scandinavian, Hebrew, Turkish, Russian, Hindi, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Iranian/Persian names

** denotes a name heavily associated with a preexisting entity, fictional or real

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Anonymous asked:

When I write that a character is doing something that is significant to their character development, should I explain why it is happening to the readers or let them figure it out? How do I convey that this is a big thing for the character?

legit-writing-tips:

Trust your readers to figure out that what’s going on is important. It really is crucial that you have faith in your readers’ ability to understand what’s going on without it being shoved in their face. If you try too hard, your readers will be able to tell you don’t trust them to figure it out on their own, and that can be pretty annoying. 

Keep in mind that you wouldn’t be writing about it if it weren’t important in some way, so they’ll be looking to find out what makes it important. You can convey that it’s a big thing for the character by showing what the character is going through, how they are feeling, and even by giving them particularly unusual reactions to the situation. If you feel the need, you can contrast their reactions with the reactions and feelings of other characters in the same situation in order to show what a big deal it is to them. 

Be sure you cut extraneous, unnecessary information as well so the readers know exactly what to focus on. Pushing too much stuff at them is just asking for them to miss out on the important things as they try to figure out and process what really matters in your story. 

In short - drop clues, cut fluff, and rely on your readers as well as your own storytelling ability to convey what situations like these mean for your characters. 

Then, just to be sure you got it right - 

Ask friends and family to read the scenes WITHOUT telling them what it is you were trying to convey. Ask them to tell you what they thought about it, and what they took away. If they didn’t get it right, then you as a writer have to go back and figure out how to refine what you’ve written to emphasize those points.

benedicthelps:

How to make your supernatural characters unique and interesting 

Supernatural creatures are prevalent in current pop culture. We see not only vampires and werewolves being utilized to the max, but as well as witches, fairies, and basically any folklore. It’s hard to try and generate something original. But fear not, with the help of my best friend (published author of a supernatural novel) I have composed a guide to give you some prompters. We really hope that this helps you with regaining confidence in your characters.

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benedicthelps:

How to make your supernatural characters unique and interesting

Supernatural creatures are prevalent in current pop culture. We see not only vampires and werewolves being utilized to the max, but as well as witches, fairies, and basically any folklore. It’s hard to try and generate something original. But fear not, with the help of my best friend (published author of a supernatural novel) I have composed a guide to give you some prompters. We really hope that this helps you with regaining confidence in your characters.

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(via characterandwritinghelp)

Did you know…

legit-writing-tips:

That if you Google the phrase “Timer for X Minutes” that Google will automatically set an alarm for you to go off at whatever time you’ve specified?

Now that you know, go set a Google timer for 5 minutes and write as much as you can in that time, without editing or second guessing. Make it a point to do this whenever you find yourself aimlessly wandering the Internet and you’ll have plenty of material to work with in no time. 

(via characterandwritinghelp)