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Anatomy for TF WritersAKA "Why knees should never 'reverse direction' in TFs. Ever."
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So. How many times have you read this exact sentence, or some variation of it, in a TF: "Bobby winced in pain, sickened by the loud 'crunch' of his bones as his knees turned backwards, and he fell to all fours, no longer able to stand"?
I'm guessing the answer is, as it is for me, 'too many to count'. Oftentimes, you find it in inexperienced works, but it's not the sole province of the amateur. You can also find it even in commercial transformation stories - KA Applegate, author of the Animorphs series, which got me and likely a lot of other people into TF, tries to work it in at least once a book, and it bugs me every time.
The main problem, and the reason it's so prolific, is that it makes sense. If you take a dog, or a cat, or a horse, or a bird, and you look at their hind legs, the first thing you'll probably notice is that they bend in the opposite direction of a human's. When a dog or bird lifts it
Some helpful hints for Transfomation writersSome helpful hints for Transformation writers
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As a fan and novice transformation writer, I like to step back and really look at works I, or a friend have written and look a the closer detail of things (you could call it nitpicking in a way). But I also like to throw tips, tricks, what-to-do's and what-not-to-do's around in a critical way that's also constructive; One thing you want to do in transformation writing is include lots of detail right?
Wrong! But hear me out!
Yes, describe the setting, the transformation, the trigger and the character in detail. However, impertinent elements, such as how far the person walked down the lane, or the color if the neighbors bike, do not need to be thrown in. It's all about how much detail you use and where. Don't pour it all out at the transformation itself and skimp on the exposition, character or the aftermath.
Since the transformation is happening to a conscious being (duh), they will obviously sense it with all