Q:I'm writing a story with 4 main characters, all girls with unknown birth places. One looks like she may be from Japan, or have a parent from there but she doesn't know. One is a lion girl and has no race so to speak (she's was born in a caravan and is fur covered), one is English, and the fourth seems to be from India but isn't sure (all except the lion girl escaped slavery/working and ended up in a freak show, and know very little about their origins.) One girl is a tattooed lady who is dating
Anonymous said to marysueproblems:(Cont.) the English girl, who has “werewolf” syndrome & the 3rd girl is part snake and ends up with the original main character; who is the lion girl. The plot is the lion girl lives with her traveling circus family and they end up taking in three girls who are part of an abusive freak show, but then the 4 girls get separated from the rest of the circus when the city they were in gets bombed and the rest of the story is them trying to find each other, survive, and trust each other.
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Q:do you find it easy or hard to make sure all of your characters aren't the color of mayonnaise and how to properly represent them if they're poc?
once you are aware that you used to default make every character white then yes I think it is easier to make sure that you stop doing that.
As for properly representing them the most important thing to remember about POC characters is that they should be as developed and realistic as your white characters.
If you are raising a race issue then make sure you do your research thoroughly, there is nothing worse than a poorly researched “issue” plot.
Don’t write their lines phonetically if they have an accent, it’s racist. Just use things like ‘… he said in his thick ****** accent’
And most importantly make peace with the fact that people won’t be happy, because people are weird about things like race. The majority of readers won’t notice but there will be some who won’t like the fact you acknowledge that non-white people exist, if you aren’t the race that your characters are some people will be unhappy about it, or that they think you got something wrong. Some of these people will be wrong, some will be right, when they are wrong just ignore it, when they’re right take it onboard for the next time you write that character or topic so you can improve your work.
And finally the same advice I will give with all “how do I do this?” asks: practice. It’s the only way you’ll ever get better at anything.
Q:trying to write original characters and due to the fact that im part of some of the tiniest gender/romantic/sexual orientations out there all three of my babies are so non cis and straight its funny i mean theres alex: demiromatic quoiromantic asexual demigirl (shamelessly based on me) then orion: panromantic demi pansexual demiboy (too many pans and demis oh well) and finally paris: demi polyromantic gray-asexual voidfluid and the best part is i know i can write them i just know people (1/2)
will flip their absolute shit if i ever let others read what i write and i s2g if one person calls my babies special snowflakes (because the demiboy and girl and AMAB and AFAB respectively) there will be blood (2/2)
Q:Just a random thing about a transgender character, I actually have a character who is transgender, MtF!
Representation internet highfive.
Q:Hello! First of all: sorry for my English, isn't my first language. Second... Do you have or some anon could give me advice about how to write trans boys? I'm planning a book with a very diverse cast and I want to write it right so...
I’ll keep this as an open discussion for the next hour, provided things do not get out of hand.
There are some links for other writing resources in the FAQ as well. I would go to a forum for even more advice.
Q:Oh let me tell you about some sues, me and my friend (whom I shall dub F) we're trying to write a story together for old times sake (our older stories that we wrote solo were pretty bad but this takes the cake) ok so it was a Naruto Harry potter crossover, so F's character and mine were attending hogwarts ad bought all our supplies with money that my character stole from Kakuzu, and F's character ended up with Draco while mine ended up being abducted back into the akatsuki because of reasons
(Cont.) so F wanted my character gone so she could continue with the story, of course I knew my character wouldn’t be winning any prizes for originality, but se was far better then my friends who went into absolute overdrive when it came to detail, so we both got pet lizards for hog warts, I said mine was orange, hers? MIDNIGHT BLUISH BLACK THAT SPARKLES IN THE FREAKING DAYLIGHT. And F did this sort of thing every. Single. Time. Not to mention all the rules she would break
I suddenly have a great need for a story with two Sues who are constantly trying to one-up each other with magical pets/friends/boyfriends/hair/powers/things.
Q:I would kill for a transgender main character tbh
Yeah, I really don’t understand how people think representation doesn’t matter.
Q:Trans*Guy here. AFAB Don't appreciate being called girls, guys. If you're going to write a trans*guy, write them right. Unless they're living a double life, because they're in the closet, they're most likely not going to appreciate being called a girl. So no, 'She's' not like other girls. And technically, he's not like other boys either. But if he acts like the other boys, it doesn't matter what his genetalia is. Make sense?
(and also do research constantly)
Q:But what if: "*name* is not like other girls. 'She' identifies as male."
then he isn’t a girl at all, he’s a boy. Then the question becomes is he not like other boys?
Q:I was reading the backs of some YA books at my local used bookstore and one of them started "Willow is not like other girls." I immediately thought of you (and the thought of you made me think of my local tea shop ^_^).
My main goal is to always remind people of a tea shop just by me merely existing.
Q:I bought book 12 today (I've been reading since book one I ain't stopping till I'm done.), and I have a quote "I've been a self-centered bitch." - Zoey. Apparently its taken her 11 books and and 6 pages of book 12 to realize that. The book is titled "Redeemed" I'm not sure shes redeemed yet...just from realizing that.
And it only took 11+ books to have some character development.
Q:Oh god I just read your entire review of gamer girl in one sitting and now I regret everything. Also I am dieing from sue-tosis. SEND HELP. (Also ilu <3)
The only cure is more tea.
If you’re a writer and you see this post, stop what you’re doing.
WHENEVER YOU SEE THIS POST ON YOUR DASH, STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND WRITE ONE SENTENCE FOR YOUR CURRENT PROJECT.
Just one sentence. Stop blogging for one minute and write a single sentence. It could be dialogue, it could be a nice description of scenery, it could be a metaphor, I don’t care. The point is, do it. Then, when you finish, you can get back to blogging.
If this gets viral, you might just have your novel finished by next Tuesday.
Q:Holy crap just reading the parts of Gamer Girl in your reviews made me want to scream and punch a wall. I applaud you for getting through that terror.
Honestly, Gamer Girl was the least terrible book I’ve done for the Very Mary Sue Reviews so far.
Q:I've decided that marked is worse than old magic. I mean old magic is bad in the typical straight white slightly abusive relationship way that tons of books are, but marked... It just goes so far with the whole black, Native American, and gay thing that it would be better if they just weren't there. I mean have these authors ever actually met a minority? Have they been living under a rock?
I think it may all be relative. I mean, Old Magic didn’t even have any minority characters (or much diversity at all) really. It depends on if you think no representation at all is better than flawed representation.
They’re both pretty horrid.