Should I let my readers decide the MC's gender?

I want the MC to be like the reader as much as possible, so I’m considering adding an option to pick the MC’s gender. But I’m worried it’ll make it wayyyy harder to write, so I want to know if it’s worth it.

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I think if a gender choice works for your story, it’s nice to give the option. Obviously it’s hard to have a male MC story if the MC is supposed to get pregnant, but for other plot ideas where both options work, it’s worth the extra work

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Yeah I’m doin one where the MC gets captured by aliens. Actually this works cause I can change the MC’s roommate’s gender too cause she goes by Charlie and that name works for both males and females. It is gonna be sooo much extra work but people really do like getting to pick.

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I say go for it then :slight_smile:

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It’s good that I’m asking all these questions before I really get started. I mean I’m racking up a serious to do list but it’s better than retrofitting I suppose

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Yeeyee go for it :hugs::hugs:

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Ok!

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If his LI is a woman, he could get her pregnant :new_moon_with_face:

But really, this is all up to you and how much coding and branching you’re willing to do.
I say go for it if it’s something you really want for your story.

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By the way, do you have any advice or tips for changing the mc’s gender? It seems very complex

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Personally, I believe allowing the readers to customize your main character in any way seldom is a good idea. If you wish to write an actually character-driven story, customization renders your characters into husks without any sort of a personality because you’ll have to give up on something in order to support the reader’s desires of self-insert.

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Yes! Haha I’m writing one now so I’m picking up all these tips as I go. Lol. Do you know the ctrl F trick?

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Well, I don’t know what you’re talking about because to get started I’m running the portal on a mobile device like an imbecile

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Oh. Well, I’m thinking about making choices that use gains to alter your personality to avoid bland husks.

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That’s gonna be a crap ton of coding for you. Good luck.

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yes I am fully aware it may kill me

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I’m already struggling with mine. The amount of text behind the lackluster technical blunders also known as my story keeps on rising exponentially.

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Oh, what’s happening

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The amount of choices and their disastrous consequences are beginning to pile up big time.

Dang.

Aha :sweat_smile: That make make things harder lol. But basically you can use ctrl F to change all the female names to the male MC’s name as a quick way to change the gender. Then you would just need to change the pronouns yourself. Though I don’t think you can do it on mobile