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Advice: God-Free Multiverse

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Advice: Avoiding the Laundry List of Actions

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Advice: What to Write Between Action Scenes

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Advice: Similarities with The Fault in Our Stars

Anonymous asked: With all the recent hate towards ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, I’m kind of worried that people will hate my book, too. I know no book goes without hate, but my story is similar to TFiOS, but different in many aspects. Also, my two main protagonists are gay and in a couple, but that has nothing to do with the story. It isn’t a book about being gay. As a straight person writing a book with two main characters who are gay, I’m worried I’ll be labeled as someone who finds gay couples a ‘fetish.’Also, I’m terribly sorry if I’ve offended anyone. I’m just having a hard time wording it. I just don’t want another generic ‘white girl meets white boy and they fall in love then TRAGEDY then fights then happy ending.’


It’s tempting for writers to get caught of in the criticism of books that are similar to ours, but it’s important to draw a line between learning from that criticism and allowing it to undermine our progress and confidence. Your book may have a few similarities with The Fault in Our Stars, but it isn’t The Fault in Our Stars, and those similarities are far outweighed by the differences. 

As far as your couple goes, I don’t think anyone would view a straight person writing about a gay couple as a fetish issue unless your story is a kink outlet, which doesn’t seem to be the case. As long as you do your research, avoid stereotypes, and portray your characters in a just and believable way, there’s no reason why it would offend anyone. And, it might be a refreshing change for people to read stories with characters who happen to be gay as opposed to reading stories about people who are gay—if that makes any sense?

So, for now, just focus on telling the story you want to tell in a way that is respectful without compromise. If you still have concerns after the story is finished, you can look for ways to tweak your story to minimize your concerns, but worry about that later. :)

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World Building: Sectors in Dystopian Novels

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Advice: Human Among Aliens

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Story Elements: Surviving on a Desert Island

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Advice: Spoiled Character Becomes Nice

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World Building: Bureaucratic Dystopia

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Character Development: Creating a Complicated Character