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PART ONE: the basics. PART TWO: the nitty gritty. PART THREE: common pitfalls and easy fixes. Here we’ll cover some common situations where writing respectful non-binary characters can be trickier. Writing Non-human Non-binary characters. Non-human non-binary characters aren’t inherently disrespectful to non-binary people, but it can easily become negative representation when there are no non-binary humans present, because it implies that those with non-binary … Read More How to Write Non-binary Characters: Part III.
Visit PART ONE: the basics first! PART TWO: the nitty gritty. Non-binary in relation to Presentation. What are we talking about here when we say presentation? Presentation in relation to gender is how a person chooses to look, dress, and act in relation to their culture’s gender norms. A person who wears dresses and makeup, speaks in a higher pitch, and daintily crosses their … Read More How to Write Non-binary Characters: Part II.
How to Write Non-binary Characters: A Three Part Guide for Writing Characters with Non-binary Genders.
PART ONE: the basics. Disclaimer: While this guide is written by a non-binary person in collaboration with many other non-binary writers and readers, it does not necessarily cover the views of all people within the non-binary community. First off, what is this thing you call non-binary? Non-binary genders are any gender identity that isn’t covered in the Western idea of woman (girl) and man … Read More How to Write Non-binary Characters: A Three Part Guide for Writing Characters with Non-binary Genders.
First off, you have to know these two things: Your first draft of your first book will be terrible. All your favorite authors of all time wrote a terrible first draft of their first book too. Probably a terrible second and third draft, maybe even a terrible second and third book. This is okay. It can make writing hard sometimes, but the point of writing … Read More How to write a novel: a beginner’s guide to the basics of storytelling.
The inability to write what you’ve outlined plagues many of us, and it has many potential causes, some of which have workarounds, while others don’t. Here’s just a couple: 1. You don’t know your characters well enough when you outline, so when you write them, they make unexpected choices. Solution: Develop your characters through writing before you outline. You can do this by role playing online, … Read More Why Can’t I Stick to My Outline?
I’ve been running my characters through these questions so I thought I might as well share them. They are meant to be a fun but challenging look at how your characters are going to interact with each other and the plot. The examples and explanations are simplistic versions and some stories (especially complex ones) will create variation on the standard. MOTIVATION 1. What does … Read More Character Creation
(A continuation of the feverish analysis in this post.) Let’s now consider a reader who has no idea what an elephant is. We the writer want to present our reader with words aligned in just the right way that we paint a picture of an elephant that will let the reader perfectly imagine it exactly as we see it. Or do we? In most cases, a reader’s … Read More Speculative Elephants: More About Description.
There are a lot of odd rules floating around about descriptions (some of which are useful and others… not so much), but to form writing theories that any writer can apply to their own work without losing their personal style, we often need to step back from the “rules” and examine things more broadly. There are two general directions from which one can approach … Read More Descriptions as Elephants: the Happy Medium.
There’s a hot take circulating lately that “some villains don’t deserve to have a redemption arc.” But I don’t believe this. No villain deserves a redemption arc. But every villain could have one, if they tried, if they worked towards it, if they’re written well in both their understanding of their wrongs and their dedication to being a better person. No villain deserves a redemption arc because change isn’t about deserving heroism. It’s … Read More Redemption Arcs: the big debate
Omniscient pov isn’t well loved by many (including myself), and that’s for primarily one reason: most people who write in omniscient pov have no idea what makes omniscient pov worthwhile or how to utilize it. Many writers use omniscient pov as an easy way to get out of writing a good limited third person pov. This is absolutely terrible, and it results in a lot … Read More Writing Third Person Omniscient Point Of View.
I have various motivational tips and things in this tag, so I’ll keep this to the basics. It depends a lot on what kind of writers block you’re having. “I can’t figure out what happens next.” Take a break, breathe, and outline. Even if you’re not a big outliner, having a direction to go in can be very useful for quelling writer’s block. Consider: What … Read More Fighting Writer’s Block 101