Murdering Mary SueMurdering Mary SueMurdering Mary Sue8 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Every aspiring writer has met her at least once, whether in his own works or in those of others. The alluring temptation of a perfect character taunts the author from one side while his muse urges him to keep writing from the other. Who wouldn't love her? She's the most beautiful, talented, fantastic woman in the universe, with not a flaw in sight. Every woman wants to be her; every man wants to marry her, so why would anyone want to kill her? Who would want to murder Mary Sue?
I would. I and many greater authors have been working hard to keep this succubus in her proper place: the trash can. Mary Sue is one of the worst enemies of good fiction, second only to poor spelling and grammar. And the seductress tempts even the most cautious writer. Her many disguises can make her difficult to spot, allowing her to weave her way into every plot twist and turn, slowly destroying the author's work. By the time shes found, she may have done so much damage that the
An Essay on Naming CharactersWhat's In a Name?An Essay on Naming Characters10 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
An Essay on Naming Characters
By Kate Logan
When it comes to character creation, be it for a story or an illustration, choosing the proper name for a character is vital. All too often do I see characters with poorly thought-out names: the chivalrous knight Darren Starhawk; the sweet, innocent Lady Elvira; or the rough-and-tumble brawler Poindexter. On their own, these names are fine (even Starhawk, if you're going for a sci-fi flare), but they simply don't work with the characters they are describing. No one is going to take poor old Poindexter seriously, no matter how big his muscles are. To remedy this catastrophe, here are a few tips and guidelines when naming characters.
First, a little game. Below is a list of several of my characters and a brief description of each, all mixed up and out of order. Try to correctly match the name to the character description. The answers are at the end of this essay (no peeking!).
1. Senshi Meijin
Voices... For and About KidsVoices in Writing For and About KidsVoices... For and About Kids7 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Well, the title of this piece promises a guide to writing for and about kids. This is an all-encompassing phrase that, I hope, will grab anybody who wants to write for or about any characters between the ages of about nought and eighteen. So, is this the part where I reveal that this guide is actually more limited than that? No it is not! At least, I have done my very best to cater to all possible needs, with the following handy headings:
Issues and Obstacles
The Voice of the Child: Advice on Writing Dialogue
Childrens Literature and the Narrative Voice
Young Adult Fiction and the Teenage Voice
I admit it: this guide is not going to be short, and while it is not going to be excessively long either, it will try to answer every question I have been able to anticipate.
Issues and Obstacles
Picture this. You have s
Edge of Thorns - Pt 7Part 7Edge of Thorns - Pt 75 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
There's no way I'm going to make another idiot mistake like running off without paying my bill. Alton is creepy enough as is. I don't need to give him a reason to be angry with me. What he doesn't know won't hurt me...
Nathan shook his head, not releasing Avery's hand until the teen lowered his head in defeat, making it clear that -- as much as he may have wanted to -- he wasn't going to open the door. With a sigh, he pressed his ear back against the door. Nathan rubbed the back of his head, moving next to Avery to join him. He could at least make that compromise.
"So what are you calling yourself these days, Lu?" The question came from the other voice, which Nathan just knew he'd heard before. "Something clever, no doubt."
The shopkeeper chuckled. "I don't think so. The name is Alton. Alton Sterling, and you have my adoptive father to praise for that. I prefer not to choose my own name, unlike you." His voice suddenly dropped, becoming serious and dark. "Th
Mary SueThere was once a girl named Mary Sue. She lived in the wonderful world of Fanfiction. Everywhere she went, no matter what the series, she was different, yet always the same. Sometimes she revisited these series, making every boy fall for her once again. The thing each of Mary Sue's forms had in common; they were all extremely cliche, they all were irresistible, they all were perfect in every way possible. But in the world of Fanfiction, Mary Sue often only visited people if she was told by the Mighty Authors, who would create another form for her.Mary Sue10 years ago in Humor More Like This
One day, Mary Sue was in her pretty pink mansion, sipping the finest tea in the most expensive possible cup. She was in her usual form. A girl in a blinding pink dress, with extremely sparkling, perfect, blonde hair, and beautiful blue eyes. She looked extremely beautiful, as all of her forms were meant to be. And from the Mighty Authors themselves came a letter from Above. She ripped it open excitedly, not getting a new job for quite awhile.
Edge of Thorns - Pt 2Part 2Edge of Thorns - Pt 25 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As much as I hate to admit it, the more time I waste getting to the police station, the less of a chance I have to get my car back. I should have just called from the newspaper's office, but it's too late for that now. I guess I'll just have to suck it up and go with him.
Gives me more time to figure out why he makes me uneasy, at least.
"Well... I guess that makes sense," Nathan said, rubbing the back of his head. "Just around the corner, you say?"
Alton nodded, smiling eagerly. He shifted the books he was carrying to his other arm and motioned for Nathan to follow him, starting down the sidewalk. "Actually, it's one store down from the shop at the intersection up ahead, but that's close enough. Mind if I ask your name?"
"No, not at all!" he lied, jogging to catch up with him, cringing that he now had to tell him. "It's Nathan."
"Nathan..." Alton hummed and chuckled a bit, looking over his shoulder towards him. "I'm sorry for your unfortunate, uh, welcome to Virtu
The Mary Sue Litmus TestHolepunch's Mary Sue Litmus Test:The Mary Sue Litmus Test5 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Ah, the Mary Sue. We can't cobble together a truly comprehensive description of what they are, exactly, but we can agree on one thing: an annoying, 'perfect' character who, through a general lack of flaws and character development, is excruciating to sit through and often makes us gnash our teeth, tear our hair, and reach for the back button. This nefarious creature can be measured and detected, so let's all grab our magnifying glasses and get classifying.
This is a subjective subject; a trait that drives one person right up the wall might fail to get any reaction from another. As you go through the list, count up the points. Each trait will register from 1-5 points, with 1 being a mild thing and 5 being a serious infraction. If a trait is not addressed at all in the story the character comes from, or is totally unknown, just ignore it. And don't worry about racking up pointsthe de-Suifier part of the test ought to restore some balance to
Edge of Thorns - Pt 29Part 29Edge of Thorns - Pt 295 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I should probably skip the obvious one for now, though I am curious...
"What are you going to say to Micah?"
The angel stopped humming, stopped walking, and turned to Nathan with a tilt of his head. "Why? Isn't it obvious?" He crossed his arms and closed his eyes. "I don't approve of their relationship, more specifically how Micah treats Alton. I intend to encourage Alton to leave him, and I want Micah to let him go." He opened his eyes, sighing as he smiled sadly. "I know neither of them will listen though."
Nathan shook his head. "I still don't understand," he said. "Aren't Michael and Lucifer supposed to be bitter enemies? I mean, I can understand why they fight; that much makes perfect sense. But how...?"
"... Did bitter enemies become intimate lovers?" Gabriel finished for him, then laughed. "Because they aren't just enemies, Nathan. They counter each other, but they also compliment each other." When all he got was another baffled stare, he explained.
Rants: Mary-sues and how to make a decent OCRants: Mary-sues and how to make a decent OC4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Well, I figured that since Spongebob- Proof Of Spandy was so popular that I would do something that's different but also the same. I've written a little mini rant/opinions on an issue that isn't nearly as annoying as it used to be but it's still suck around for a quite a while everywhere I've been (Ex. DevArt, Fanfiction Net, LiveJournal). So, hope you can all enjoy and leave whatever comments you feel necessary. I would love to hear your opinions.
First I shall address Mary-Sues. Here's the five bad points of a Mary-Sue:
The name is only a slight problem. As in, it's not really one to be too concerned about but it is something that could give a good character a bad image. A name such as 'Melony Butterfly Lily DeeDee Silver Jay Hannah Rose, Melony Rose for short' is not going to give anyone a pretty image of your character and people will get tired just by trying to sa
How to Write About VampiresHow to Write About VampiresHow to Write About Vampires8 years ago in Writing More Like This
There are a lot of stories out there about Vampires. But not too many of them make their characters touchable or human. The characters are usually so out of touch with their humanity that the reader really cannot connect with the character. That happens to be one of the main sticking points.
How can I make my Vampire more human?
Well for the Vampire, dont make them too into themselves. Vampires cannot see themselves in a mirror, so how can they be vain? Believe me, if you ever read any of the classic horror novels and do you see any vampire with the ability to see themselves in the mirror? No you dont, so please dont make a vampire vain. Vampires still have their human vices when they turn, yet they can only either recall bits and pieces of their human life or in some cases, they can remember all of it.
What all characteristics do typical Vampires have?
All vampires dont run ar
Roderick's ElegyMadeline, oh my dreamy Madeline,Roderick's Elegy7 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
My madness and my despair.
Why did they bury you that day?
Cold was your skin, colder your stare.
Madeline, I weep now as I recall;
And I speak of you, Madeline.
They say I am truly going insane,
That my nostalgia is my sin.
Madeline, do you remember when
We went to a picnic in the park?
You didnt break that wooden pony,
Madeline, you broke my heart.
I said I didnt want your duty,
Madeline, did you understand?
I had made of you a paper queen,
In my castle built of sand.
Madeline, we danced and you were glad,
How beautifully you laugh!
One and two and three now turn!
Madeline, rejoice on my behalf
They say now, heh, that you are dead,
My Madeline? Liars! Its a trick!
Hah! Did you think you can make me drink?
Not even if beaten by a stick!
If she will do it, so will I!
Madeline, didnt you hate milk?
And they laid her in a slender coffin;
In white flowers and black silk.
Madeline is sleeping, her
mary-sue testthis test was made for people who write fanfictions featuring their OC`s [original characters] wishing to avoid creating mary-sues. You can test as many characters as you want :] remember: no offensemary-sue test7 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
UPDATE `11 30 07
If your character belongs to a race that has wings, unusual eye colour, etc. And most other characters in the story have those traits, don`t add extra points.
P.S - This test is intended for human female characters. If your character is male, go look for a gary-stu test.
1. Does your character have a long, rare or unusual name? [if she lives in japan, japanese name is not unusual] +1
2. Does your character have more than one first/second name for no reason? +1
3. [count all that apply]
She`s not a human? +1
Half a human? +1
[half]An Angel? +1
[half]A Vampire? +1
[half]A Werewolf? +1
4. She belongs to a royal family? +1
5. Does she have amnesia? +1
It heals as the story goes on? +1
___ out of 10
Is she Mary Sue? Clarifying Mary SueIs she Mary Sue?4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
So, I realize that everyone has heard of Mary Sue characters, but the thing that bothers me is that Mary has never really been as clarified as she could be. Girls go around crying Mary Sue at every character with long pink hair, then go and create even worse Mary Sue characters in the false illusion that they're making nonMary Sue characters (or even anti-Sues) when in fact they're doing the opposite. Allow me to explain how this seems to happen.
First of all the term "Mary Sue" desperately needs to be clarified to these people, so this brings us to the very important question: What IS a Mary Sue?
At least everyone can agree on one thing. Mary Sues are characters that are so perfect it's annoying.
But. What do they mean by perfect? Everyone has different ideas of that, naturally. Unfortunately, this is how many fanfiction (and other) writers make their biggest mistakes.
When you hear the name Mary Sue what pops up in your mind? A be
Active and Passive VoiceActive and Passive Voice12 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Active voice occurs when the subject or agent in the sentence performs the action, often towards an object. For example, let's look at the following sentence written in active voice:
Katie spilled the milk.
In this sentence, Katie is the subject, and she performs the action (spilling) on the direct object (the milk.) The most obvious way to spot active voice is through the use of active verbs, which are simply verbs that express actions. In most cases, the sentence will take on the simple form of the tense it's in, whether past, present, or future.
In passive voice, the object being acted upon is emphasized over the agent. A passive version of the previous sentence would look like this:
The milk was spilled by Katie.
In this sentence, our object (the milk) appears before the action (was spilled) and the agent (Katie.) You will also notice that this sentence is in the progressive fo
.Scorned Angel....Help me....Scorned Angel.8 years ago in Horror More Like This
I'm locked in this place. Tormented and alone. With my head lulling against the soft white fabric of the walls. I'm listening to the screaming coming from the other rooms. The sounds of anguish, hate and lunacy.
I don't want to stay here. Not in this place. Not with these people. They think I'm mad, crazy. But I know that's not true. They are the crazy one's here. Not me.
...Don't judge me...
Just set be free. I promise I'll be a good boy. No more killing, no more raping. No more death at my hands. But please, please. Get me out of here, let me go. I swear I'll change.
...Don't keep me here...
In this crazy place, with the needles. The injections, the pills and the happy, shiny blinding white lights. With the jackets that fit so snugly, and make you hug yourself forever..
..You can't bind me..
Don't you know who I am? You can't keep me here. Me, an Angel of heaven. With my soot black wings, and devilish charm. Ah, but you t
Writing Tutorial: Characters"An Amateur-Editor's Note on How to Create and Present a Character That Isn't You" by DailennaWriting Tutorial: Characters5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Since my last tutorial I've been asked several times to make another about something anything and although I wanted to, I've found it hard to hit on a subject that inspires me the way that faulty dialogue did, so many years ago. My last tutorial was written out of pure irritation at stories that misused the one part of a story my eyes flick to when I can't wade through the mire of the rest of it. Yes, I admit, I have a tendency to skim-read, because although descriptions can be beautiful, a lot of the time on the internet, they're not, and you can get a basic idea of the story from what is being said. So I skim. I think that's why dialogue was such a big irritation to me it's the part I paid the most attention to. Since then I've had irritations with grammar that I didn't know exactly how to put into words, with punctuation that I didn't know how to make int
VIILet us not follow philosophers,VII6 years ago in Open More Like This
not their voices nor their script.
Philosophy is a path we must
walk upon ourselves,
discipline in every step.