Quick anti Mary Sue guideQuick anti Mary Sue guide
Part I: The test
Pick up a piece of paper. Now pick up the character that you find susceptible of being a Marty Stu/Mary Sue (for the sake of convenience, let's call him/her Character M.).
Step 1: Pick up three different characters. For each character (A, B and C, respectively), write down what he or she thinks of M.
Points you might have to take into consideration:
what the relationship between the characters is;
how the characters met and what their very first impression of each other was;
the overall vision that the characters have of M, based on
a) the interaction between them;
b) how characters A, B and C perceive M's behavior and actions in general and the relationship between M and other characters;
c) what A, B and C know of M, either from M him/herself, from deduction or from another source.
Step 2: Write down what M thinks of
2 Steps to Developing Your CharacterCan you help me learn how to describe characters better? I need a little assistance.2 Steps to Developing Your Character3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
This question came to me by a good friend and watcher of mine, and as I began to write him back I realized.
Ya, know...I've never written a non-fiction work before, and I haven't submitted anything today. Maybe while typing this advisor message I can thereby help, not only my friend, but other writers as well.
So after much thought, I think I am prepared to answer my friend's question in more detail.
 The best way to introduce readers to your character is with subtlety and ease.
Rather than simply bombarding the reader with fact after fact about your character, try unveiling these truths little by little. This will keep your reader interested as they learn more. The last thing you want is for the reader to know just as much about your character as you do. This usually leads to sudden boredom, and consequently, a page exit.
After all, keep in mind that people typically don't learn ev
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So you want to write a novel in a month? Well its not impossible. Many great authors have done it, and you can too. Its hard at some points and might make you want to give up, but don't. It will be worth it to be able to tell your friends and family "I wrote a novel."
You are all probably familiar with Nanowrimo, right? If not, its a month where thousands of people try write a book within that time limit, but national writers month is not the only month where this can happen. However, if you are using November a a date to start, here is a quick guide to get ready:
Research, Research, Research!
So you know what time period you want to write in? Then research like crazy! Research clothes, vehicles, horses, weapons, anything and everything that could or might end up in your story. This way you can write confidently/help yourself fall better into the story. Trying to research is a quick way to end up surfing the web, so get all your research done
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5) Pillow fight
7) Tea Party
8) Cute Animals
21) Dark Night
26) School girl
27) Pretty boy
29) Rain clouds
30) Hopeless romance
32) The World
37) Video Game
38) Small child
46) All Female Cast
47) All Male Cast
48) Tradgic Ending
49) Coming of age
53) Torn Apart
57) Ironic Hero
59) Twelve Candles
62) Five children
67) Love Affair
70) Athens Warrior
72) Big Decision
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Directions: Pick a character from one of your stories...preferably the one you're currently having problems with. Then answer as many of these questions as you can. Go!
Alternate Directions Using More Than One Character: (To make the rotation come out even this will work best for 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, or 15 characters) Pick a random letter from each of your chosen characters' names - make sure the letters are all different. Then find that letter on the list below and make a note of that number.
A = 13
B = 17
C = 1
D = 14
E = 18
F = 3
G = 7
H = 11
I = 12
J = 25
K = 22
L = 10
M = 5
N = 6
O = 4
P = 19
Q = 9
R = 20
S = 15
T = 26
U = 16
V = 24
W = 2
X = 8
Y = 21
Once you have all the numbers written down, put them in a list with the largest number first and the smallest number last. That will be the character rotation for the questions. Here's an example:
My characters are going to
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2. Loves me not
4. Lethal habits
8. "You're so full of shit."
12. Little quirks
23. A waste of time
25. Hold me
27. Don't worry
31. Slow motion
36. Prime numbers
38. Stop and stare
41. Sleeping bag
43. "You take that back."
45. Touch the clouds
47. It takes three
51. Can't say I'm sorry
56. Time capsule
60. "Don't touch me."
61. Play pretend
62. Tea time
65. Suicide note
71. Backed up
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running out of breath already
where have I seen that coldness in one's eyes
heard the talk
is it the final scenario
the only copy everyone will see?
we haven't said much the action hasn't developed
the right way still so much left to reveal
will the credits last enough
will their eyes water just the way they'd want to
I tried my best but still, the last song sounds not interesting at all
just like every word falling down my numb lips
I want us to sing something more beautiful
another death song
another unfulfilled wish
everything going in circles
time after time reverse it please
perhaps then you'll hear my cry in slow-motion
hush, I know you hear me still
come on bring it on I'm all alone
once again, aren't I
breath going raspy, whizzing with tears
and all I think about is that one
breath just for one more second please
don't leave me hanging here
another snow white bed
another unfulfilled prayer
Helping You Helps MeI'm happy I could make you smileHelping You Helps Me4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
& rest in peace for just a while
Your comfort & happiness is what I seek
A contented heart, a smile on your cheek
My life has purpose and meaning
When you tell me I am responsible,
For the joy you are feeling
I live for the chance to make your day
Benevolence is the adrenaline I desperately crave
Nothing makes me feel more alive,
than to fill joy in a heart once deprived
I'm happy I could make you smile
& rest in peace for just a while.
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as the clock ticks.
I don't see the trees,
instead I see ugly little me.
I can't get it out of my head.
No one really understands.
Why do I feel like this?
I grip the desk,
as I hold back the tears.
No more. God Please. No More Tears.
I think about,
My heat slows,
but my eyes still swell.
I look around but,
no one sees.
Oh no, they don't
see the pain in me.
The tears dance down my face.
I just want to get out of this,