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Anonymous asked:

Do you have any advice for writing comic relief into a rather dark story? Thank you! This blog is one of my favorites!

My only advice is to try not to force it. Look for natural places where someone might say something funny to break the tension. Make sure that these lines are normally delivered by characters who are typically funny and witty. Once in awhile, though, it’s fun to have a character who isn’t normally funny or witty be the one to deliver a real zinger. :)

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death-g-reaper asked:

So I'm writing a fantasy story. There's two main countries, one is rather conservative, and the other is more liberal. Most of the story takes place in the conservative country and that's also where most the cast is from, but I myself am a moderate and I don't want to seem like I'm promoting conservative values over liberal, nor do I want to seem like I'm promoting liberal values over conservative.

Try to show the good and bad of both mind sets. When there are conservative values being put forth, show the good and the bad of those values. When liberal values are being put forth, show the good and the bad of those values. That way, the story isn’t really about the values themselves but is a more neutral picture of a world with differing values and the reality that there are good and bad to both sides. :)

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Anonymous asked:

Hi! I have a question about one of my characters. He has two major themes in his personality: he's violently overprotective of the few people he considers close friends, and he's kind of a liberator/pathfinder figure even for people he dislikes or doesn't know well. Can you suggest any way I can link those two sides, or help them not be so much at odds with each other? I love your blog, by the way.

I think passion is something those two things have in common. Or, more specifically, being passionate about what he believes in and wants. He’s passionate about the safety and well being of his loved ones, leading him to be overprotective. And he’s passionate about the freedom and well being of others. The only conflicting point is when someone jeopardizes the safety or well being of his loved one/s, then he is no longer concerned about that person’s well being and will become violent (if necessary) to protect those he cares about.

And thanks—I’m glad you love the blog! <3

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Anonymous asked:

Hi! Your blog is so awesome! And you're so, so nice! I have a question about starting new stories. When I get stuck on a project, I get another idea and then go to another one, but then I get stuck on that and go to another one and it's an awful chain reaction. Do you have any tips for me?

Aww, thanks! <3

I answered a similar question here. Hopefully this advice will help! :)

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therightinwrong asked:

When is the appropriate time to start describing a character and what is considered too much description? Thanks.

You can start describing the character whenever there’s a natural place for it. You don’t want to get too far without giving your reader some idea of who the character is, but they don’t need to have a firm picture of them in their mind the second they step onto the stage. Here’s more:

Describing Physical Appearance
Describing Clothing and Appearance

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authorsamkelley asked:

I know starting with a character waking up from a dream is bad. What about relaying the character's past through nightmares he has? It's important to the plot; knowing that he's afraid of loss and why he is where he is because of losing his parents. He wouldn't normally tell someone, but I was thinking of flashes of what had happened intermixed with more situations that he fears.

Sure, that would be okay. Just don’t rely on it too heavily, and if you can use the nightmares as a diving board for him to think about his past or recall a certain memory, that will break things up a bit. :)

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lacommunarde asked:

I'm having difficulty writing two parts of my story: one which takes place in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge, the other which takes place during the Rwandan Genocide, because they are just so horrifying events and because my MC is a ICRC member and sees all the horrifying parts of them. Do you have any tips to being able to write this emotionally? (Third person, limited POV to the MC).

Even in third-person you should be able to tell your reader a lot about the emotional magnitude of those events simply by exploring your main characters thoughts and reactions in relationship to what they see. You can go into detail without it being too horrifying or too gory. My Horror by Daylight post talks a little about how to create a visceral reaction using the five senses.

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Anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm playing around with an AU-Earth story right now, and I'm interested in writing one of my main characters as an obnoxious but earnest aristocrat. My problem is, for the sake of diversity, I was hoping to make this character Indian, however, now, I'm worried if that might be insensitive considering the strict socio-political aristocracy that has been in place in India in the past and am looking for a second opinion on the matter.

If it’s an AU earth story, is there any reason that part of that alternate history couldn’t be a different course of events for India? Maybe no English colonialism/oppression? Perhaps if things had been different, they might have evolved an aristocracy like the one you want to write about. Even if that’s not where your story takes place, if it’s his background (and you establish that this is an AU earth) I think it could be okay. :)

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Anonymous asked:

I'm writing a crime story set in the late 40's, and I've done as much research as I could on forensics/forensic science, but it isn't very much and I'm having issues on finding reliable sources pertaining to that time period. Can you please help me? Much appreciated if you can.

I found this. Beyond that, I would just do a search for “forensics history” and see what methods would have been in use at that time and before. :) I also have two other posts on general 1940s information. Here and here.