"Ella no puede hablar," says the cafeteria worker. She can't talk. This is false, but the young woman has learned to point to what she wants, instead of repeating herself over and over, uselessly ejecting quiet words again and again from her sparrowlike body. Her food is always the same: pink yogurt. Fruit crepe, strawberries, banana. A muffin, if she's hungry after that.She sits down and rocks stiffly, her back hitting the soft padded booth behind her. Wham. Wham. Wham. She sits in the same enclosed corner every time; the same seat, if possible. She wears thick headphones with the song of the day on repeat. Wham. Wham. Wham.She has heard sni
Creating Your Character
Focus on personality and interests when making your character and those are the categories that should have the most information because they describe who this person is at a specific point in time, or how they develop over time.
Try to avoid listing standard things about your character that are super predictable or could describe just about anyone. Add details that show character depth and set them apart from the other characters out there. Certain ones you may want to make more memorable than others.
Don’t throw too many diverse things into your character.
~Character stereotypes and how to avoid em~
• WHY: Why are stereotypes bad? They are predictable, boring, annoying, cliché, flat, one-dimensional, need I go on? There’s no advantage to a character stereotype. They water down amazing plots and hinder a mediocre story that could become a great one. I’m not saying at all to avoid predictability so much that your character is all over the place, but, avoid complete stereotyping.
• START: For the sake of simplicity in describing your character to someone else, you may want to use some stereotype wording to paint a quick idea. BUT be careful, and show that your charac
• WHY: Why put so much effort into making “the bad guy”? The clear and obvious answer is that any and every character in your story who is well done would have a great impact on your story and also intrigue your readers. If they know you love your hero and put a lot of work into him, and didn’t really care about your villain because he was just going to lose anyway…what’s the point of even having a villain at all? Make your villains worth the attention, almost as much as the main group. Readers can love great villains just as much as great heroes. Keep it interesting.
• WHAT MAKES AN ANTAGONIST: Befo
PERSONALITY: The absolute most important part to adding diversity to your characters is creating a deep, multifaceted personality description for them that no one else could have come up with. If you want to try and challenge yourself, avoid using tons of one word descriptors and elaborate on how that word applies instead. Show your character’s habits, tendencies, mood shifts, subjective preferences, tastes, distastes, actions, reactions, and all around sense of self. The MINIMUM for describing a decently thought out personality would be 200 words. Anything shorter than that is in danger of sounding like a mish mosh of standard traits.
~Next Generation Characters~
• WHAT IS IT: A next generation character is simply just the child of one or more parents who are main generation characters. The simple definition would be that a next generation OC is the kid of so and so. It’s a term easy for me to understand so I haven’t given much thought to people who don't really know its details. Next generation has a lot of possibilities though and if you’ve never made NG OC kids for a story or anything I would suggest at some point in your creative career to try it just for fun. The example I will be using to reference throughout this guide is my character Taylor,
My feet slap the rug again and again as I bounce. Jump, jump, jump. My hands wave up and down in loose fists. Jump, jump, jump. My left arm starts swinging in big circles, around, around, around. My breathing comes heavy and rhythmic. I slow down, pacing counterclockwise. My fingers tap against my thumbs: pointer fingers, middle fingers, ring fingers, little fingers. Little fingers, ring fingers, middle fingers, pointer fingers.What is this? Just a typical 5-minute writing break.
Stimming is short for self-stimulatory behavior, or behavior designed to stimulate one of your senses. When you rub your forehead, tap your feet, or pace in circles,
This is going to be the most meta thing I have ever written. I'm engaging my special interests by writing about special interests!
What even is a special interest?
You'll probably understand my excitement a little better if you actually know what I'm talking about.
Special interests are an aspect of autism that are pathologized as "narrow, obsessive" interests, but if you step away from the autism-is-a-disease mentality for a moment, you can consider the idea of them being pretty awesome. Special interests are sort of like a favorite subject or hobby, only they are way more passionate than anything a regular person would experience.
I can tell you this with near-certainty: Everything you think you know about autism and empathy is a lie.
"Lacking empathy" oversimplifies and distorts the truth. Autistic people have a much more complicated relationship with empathy than a simple two-word phrase can describe. Some of us claim that we have too much empathy. Others say that no, we truly are deficient in empathy. Who is right?
Let's look at empathy deficiency first. It doesn't mean what you think it means.
When Audrey integrates a conversation function with respect to pizza, you know things just got complicated.
When empathy is hard
Empathy is hard for me. So
• This is the complimentary other half to my “Starting A Novel” guide. Lots of people tell you how to start books but don't give much info on how to finish them. Starting a project is really easy but sticking through it once you realize what all it takes to finish it, you might not stick around. Here’s hoping you do. Writing a novella is basically the same, just shorter in length.
• CHAPTERS: When writing its best to just go and not stop until you run out of inspiration. Once you’re done with some wave of inspiration you can look back on the chunk of text you just wrote and separate it u
~Welcome To The Fandom~
• FC VS. OC: All fan characters are original characters, but not all original characters are fan characters. An original character (OC) is basically just the most basic way of saying that this is a character you made. A fan character is also a character that you made, but it’s a title specified to fandoms specifically. OCs don’t need to be in a fandom but you can't call your character a fan character if it’s not in a fandom. I will very rarely use the term FC myself because my OCs, while a lot of them ARE fan characters, they have their own books too and I would just generally prefer calling th