(Part Two) steampunk or fantasy (vampires, demons, or mermaids), while my boyfriend thinks she should write children’s books. Either way, she’s unsuccessful. I think that the former is a lot more intellectually stimulating, requires more research, and seems easier to pour out the negative feelings while my boyfriend thinks that the latter fits better with her job and overall personality (understands others, easy-going, shy). What do you think? Sorry for the length and thank you!
Why not have her write children’s fantasy books?
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What would it take to destroy your BrOTP? Jealousy? Obnoxiousness? Only wearing polka dots for a week?
How would the actual breaking go down? With a bang? Or with a whimper?
Describe a typical day that your characters would spend together.
One of your characters has entered a new relationship (new lover, new friend, new favorite show) that has the potential or threaten their relationship with their friend. How do both of them handle it?
How did your characters meet?
Honestly, I don’t trust anybody who writes off a female character as annoying because she’s emotional. I’m not saying that writers can’t handle emotional characters badly, or make the portrayal over the top, or use stereotypes that would make an emotional character grate on people.
But if people get all up in her shit specifically because she cries a lot, then I honestly think that it’s more their issue than your character’s.
Emotional people are not bad. Crying doesn’t make you weak. If your character moves the plot and gets shit done with permatears, so what? I say keep the emotions. Angry crying can be really badass.
re: apathetic characters
genderbutt said: I dunno, apathy might be part of depression, which is a whole ‘nother can of worms than what you’re talking about.
That is actually a really good point, that I glossed over in the original. If you’re trying to figure out causes and motivations, the fact that your character is depressed is a very legitimate reason for them to also be apathetic, in conjunction with or as a symptom of it. If that’s the case, then, as our lovely follower genderbutt put it, you’ve got a whole nother can of worms to think about, research, and figure out how to write. But tackling that can of worms is a great idea if that’s where you want to go with that character.
Anyway, thanks for pointing that out!
Edit: After getting another message pointing out stuff that I hadn’t gotten right, I’ve updated the original post to try and improve it. If it’s still not up to standard, shoot me a message and I’ll see what needs doing.
I think that that would feel too abrupt, too. A gradual change, in addition to feeling more realistic, would be much more interesting for the reader. Being able to track character development is often very rewarding.
So, how to gradually make an apathetic person start to care more?
First, try to figure out what is making your character apathetic. Is it a defense so that they don’t get hurt by things? Are they afraid to care, or do they genuinely think that things around them are uninteresting? Are things around them bad enough that they gave up? Causes for behavior might not be specific or isolated, but do your best to find the root of this behavior. (EDIT: Behaviors like apathy can also indicate different health problems, such as depression or nutritional deficiencies. If that’s the case, do your research and learn about that so you can write it properly. That kind of apathy might be manageable, or it might not. People might also seem or feel apathetic for a variety of other causes that are deeper and more fixed than a temporary behavior. The following is about apathy in the sense of being an emotional state that someone is in, but could potentially move out of.)
Secondly- what do they gain from behaving apathetically? The obvious answer to whether it’s better to care or not, the answer that people always tell us is that ‘it’s better to care’. Is it, though? Clearly, your character doesn’t think this way, or they’d start giving a damn about the things around them. So, what do they get from it? Does it offer protection?Strength? Escape from responsibility? Objectivity?
After you know what they have if they remain apathetic, figure out what they stand to gain, and what they stand to lose if they become less apathetic. I’m serious, make a list. If this was an easy change, your character wouldn’t have stayed apathetic for so long. This change needs to have stakes. Define those stakes.
Now that you’ve got your character’s motivation, think about what would challenge their current state. Are some of the driving forces behind their apathy going to abate, or are they going to start caring in spite of those forces? Do other people help them start caring, or will other people hinder them? Let your character change and adapt according to the world around them and the events that they go though. If you feel like things are happening at an odd pace, look back at your character’s motivations, and remind yourself of the stakes. Personal changes don’t come easy, but can be very gratifying to the reader when done well.
Finally, for the followers: Please reblog or comment with your favorite apathetic character from your reading experience. What about them was done well, and what appealed to you?
That’s it! Good luck, anon.
Well, a British accent doesn’t exist first of all, so that’s my first piece of advice to you.
Other than that, I would highly recommend looking at accent challenges on YouTube to hear a variety of English and Welsh accents. I Google searched ‘tumblr accent challenge welsh’ and a whole bunch of videos popped up. You could do the same for the English part. Hearing them for yourself is the best course of action to take, imo.
Otherwise, links because there is already a lot out there on accents and I don’t think I could make any useful contribution to it all.
- How to Write a Southerner/Slang and Accents
- Irish/Scottish Characters
- English Slang - Regions/Countries
- Butchering Accents
- Writing Dialogue in Accents and Dialect
- FYCD: English Accents
- TWH: Writing a Spanish Accent
- KSW: On Writing Accents
- Writing Helpers: How do you describe accents?
- Little Elle: On Writing Accents
- The Accent Post
- On Writing Accents and Dialects
- On Writing Accents
- Broad Tips on Accent Writing
- Accents in Fantasy Settings
- 10 Tips on Writing Characters with Accents
- Advice: Writing Accents
- Advice: Don’t Write Out Accents
I hope some of this helps…! Best of luck.