I know that there’s alot of threads similar to this but this mostly is on knowing and improving your character(s), scenes and more tips on different things!
Multilingual Characters (speaks several languages)
Give them a reason to know more than one language for example ;
Brianna is learning Spanish because it’s easier to communicate with her friends.
Brianna is learning French because she’s interested and eager to know/learn it.
Brianna is learning German because it’s a requirement in her school. And so on…
Know your Character:
Know your Character, know their Native language, know what languages they’re learning and what languages they already know. Just the way you would keep track of your own learning, keep track of your characters learning as well.
Familiarize yourself with the mistakes they make in their second language, Then write your character working to fix those mistakes.
I recommend going through this thread for more info
How to: Bilingual Characters
Describing Character’s features (Do’s and dont’s)
Example: he looked around with blue colored eyes.
This is totally unnecessary and very distracting. Question yourself, Is the eye color relevant to the story? If no, then dont point out the eye/hair/skin color etc.
Bringing up a description is fine but bringing up a description when it’s not needed just makes it’s obvious your just trying to boost the word count.
Another bad example: He looked at me with his blue eyes.
It basically means, He looked with eyes.
When your describing someone, its fine.
example: She had color hair and color eyes.
If their eye/hair/skin color is relevant, it will be something similar to this.
A good example: The receptionist looked at me with her cold blue eyes and I immediately looked away.
This is relevant to the story, your describing her gaze, so it’s relevant to point out the eye color.
Writing about grief
There is no right or wrong way to experience/write grief But this is to show how people react in different ways And also to give points on how to write it, depending on your story and character.
Denial: Some people deny the situation and the reality of the death and try to convince themselves that the news can’t be true or it’s a joke.
Numbness: The character may not be able to process the events that have unfolded.
Pretending they’re fine and everything is okay: Grief is viewed as an emotion that should cease or be concealed once the funeral is over. So people mention the news in an offhand comment and then talk and laugh as if everything is fine.
Anger: This can be aimed at other people at a Higher Being or themselves or at nothing in particular.
Focusing on others: Your character may disregard their own feelings they’re so overwhelmed and instead concentrate on someone else’s well being.
Unsteady: Your character may be unsteady, for example, unable to stop their voice from shaking or they find it difficult to stand or talk to someone.
Other things to note:
I’ve read so many stories with the Character typically heartbroken for a couple scenes and then happy again But grief does not evaporate because you found the love of your life or because the world need saving.
Sometimes grief can help you find your purpose.
Grief is not constrained by time.
Dont pause the plot to deal with the aspect of grief. This could overwhelm the readers and drag the pace down cause in reality, life doesn’t stop due to grief, the world keeps spinning and things still need to be done.Use the character’s grief as a backdrop for the story’s events.
You don’t need to tell your reader’s that everything will be fine. You dont have to provide all of the answers.
Traits and Personality
Traits are like a coin, you can come up heads or tails: Good and bad. Everyone has good and bad traits.
Characters need both good and bad. No person is wholly good or evil.
Good traits: Loyalty, Bravery, Kindness, Cleverness, Courage, politeness,Strength.
Bad traits: Impulsive, Ruse, arrogant, greedy, cruel, anger.
No character is simply kind because they are. No character is spiteful without reason. Characters are like clay, Moulded by experience. Explore a character’s background and pinpoint certain events that give your character reason to be.
Characters may reject a plain and simple path because they are too loyal, too impulsive, too spiteful and too polite. Your character could be too loyal and way too brave. He puts himself in danger to save people even when a safer option is there.
Give your characters a backstory
Giving Your character a backstory can be as simple as planning out their upbringing and past and what shaped them to be the person they are today. Any character you create should have their beliefs and reasonings. Even a villian needs a backstory and a drive for doing what they do.
Give them a goal
We all want something in life and so should your character. This brings your character to life and is a good way to plan out their character arcs.
Let them fail and make mistakes
Allow your characters to make mistakes, After all nobody is perfect. This is also a way to make your characters feel realistic.
Tips for writing friends to lovers
Let it be awkward at first: The beginnings of relationships between people who have a very strong friendship will always be awkward, because no matter how much they like each other romantically, the shift from platonic to romantic is still very strange. However the awkwardness should be somewhat entertaining, whether it could be a cute awkward, a sexy awkward, or a comedic one. This depends on your characters own discomfort and mechanisms.
Get the readers to ship your characters
First you have to make your readers care about the character’s individually, then show the reader that the characters complement each other and make each other better. Show the readers that the characters are supportive and kind to each other, that they push the other to improve and try to be happy, even if that happiness doesn’t come from them. Show the reader why they would be happy together and then the reader will want that for them.
Familiarity: Friends build up their own sets of inside jokes, references, language and experiences which affect how they communicate.
Honesty: If there is someone in the world who can grab your shoulders and say “stop being a asshole you moron” and who you will listen to, it probably is your best friend. If you don’t correct or educate your friends on certain topics they’re not aware of, what type of a friend are you? When your character’s mess up, you could make their bestfriend(s) teach him/her on where they messed up and give their honest opinions on the situation. Honesty is a must in every friendship.
Humour: Friends can banter like no other. Friends absorb each others lingo,But they also absorb each other’s humour and with all the familiarity friends tend to become stand up comedians around each other.
Time: consider the timeline of the friendship. Many of these things grow stronger with time, but others just change. Also consider the character’s stage of life and how their lifestyle would affect their friendship.
Jealousy: cut the jealousy. Are there jealous friendships? yes, but they aren’t healthy, and not normal. When i see my friends, i see amazing, beautiful people and not someone i have to be better than or wish i could live up to. So there’s no need to throw jealousy for ‘accuracy’ because it’s not, if it’s meant to be a healthy relationship.
Right ways you can kill Characters
- Make them important to the plot, not just the characters.
- Give them a future that’s cut off by their death.
- Use the death to accomplish something
- Make the death happen for no good reason
- Show the effect it has on the characters.
Writing Homosexual relationships/ Characters
Give them a personality
Someone’s sexual orientation doesn’t define them. Not every lesbian is a tomboy and not every Gay man loves shopping. This is the most common used idea but There’s nothing wrong with these, As long as your character has a personality aside from being gay.
Write it just like other relationships.
Just write the relationship like you would for a straight relationship, only the characters are the same gender. How affectionate the relationship is depends on the character’s personality.
DO your research.
Research is important if you want to portray the character’s realistically and not hurt someone’s feelings.
Avoid similar sounding names.
If your character’s are named as ‘Jim, Jill, John, Josh’ the reader WILL get confused. Try differentiate the number of syllabus and use different initials.
Make sure the name matches their race.
For Example, if your character is Chinese, they are more likely to have the last name ‘Wang’ rather than ‘Johnson’
Also, avoid inventing names, research if you are stuck as some name’s may offend readers.
Think about the time period.
If your story is set in the 1900’s, Something like ‘Margaret’ would sound more realistic rather than ‘Skye’.
Think about the genre.
The name ‘Salzirit’ sounds out of place in a realistic fiction story set in the modern day. Likewise an alien probably wouldn’t be named as ‘Jim Carter’
Tips to write a horror story.
- Think about what terrifies you and try listing out your greatest fears. Select one or more for your story. Sometimes, it helps to be scared when trying to frighten others.
- Create extreme emotions in your readers. Most likely, the main goal of your horror story is to evoke fear into your reader.
- Fear has many forms,including shock, dread, paranoia and repulsion.
- Keep your character in the dark. Try keeping some details hidden from the reader and your characters. This can help add some suspense.
- Read books in the horror genre. For me, Horror is an extremely difficult genre to write. Try reading and experimenting with different styles of horror.
Things to Avoid
As shocking as it may seem, people are not that stupid. some initial obliviousness is okay - for example, if A has a crush on B, but B has no reason to notice A until far later in the story. but once A and B have been around each other enough, B should have some idea about A’s infatuation.
Don’t just intro a character and briefly mention that they have ‘dark skin’ in an attempt to bring some diversity into your story. if it’s a fantasy world, the fact that your character has a different shade of skin should be elaborated : what’s their culture ? what is it like in their home country / kingdom / etc. ?
Smart / Nerdy Asians
Not all Asian’s are teacher’s pets, not all Asian’s wear glasses, not all Asian’s are awkward, not all Asian’s have overly strict parents.
Things to know about your character
How do they talk? Everyone talks differently, and I am not talking about accents or a stutter. In what tone do they speak? What words do they use a lot? Are they big chatters or are they quiet? Do they interrupt people regularly? Or are they not very talkative and mostly listen?
How does the character behave when nothing is happening? You’ve probably figured out what they are like when in danger or trouble, but what when all is quiet and they aren’t doing anything life-threatening? Are they comfortable and calm, can they sit still, enjoy the singing of birds or read a nice book? Or are they restless, jumpy, always expecting something horrible about to happen? Do they chat, do they like to take a nap, or, do they have a hobby ?
Does your character have a pet peeve? Many people have one. Slow walkers, loud chewers, noisy people, dog ears in books, wrinkled shirts, bad breath, messy hair, bad smell, dust, etc.
It’s useful to know your characters favourites. Favourite animals, favourite smells, favourite clothing, favourite food. It depends on your story which ones are relevant, but these apply to almost any genre. It’s always important wether your character prefers to wear dresses, a pair of jeans, or maybe likes both.
I’m pretty sure you’ve figured out your characters greatest fear. But what about something smaller? Something they find creepy or disgusting? Like mice, spiders, bats, or wasps. A traumatic event as a kid that made them scared of horses, birds or dogs. Abandoned parking lots, a dark alley at night, thunderstorms, being alone in the woods. Flickering lights, creaking doors. Little things that manage to freak them out. This way your character can be scared, without them having to face their greatest fear.
Ways to improve your writing flow
- Vary the length of your sentences.
- Don’t start two sentences in a row with the same word.
- Don’t end a sentence with the same word as the first word of the next sentence.
- Avoid overusing names. Try to use he/she/they where possible.
- Balance your descriptions, actions and dialogue. Too much from one of these can cause choppy writing.
- Check if you’re not describing the same thing over and over again.
- Speak your dialogue out loud to see if it’s realistic and if it sounds like something a real person would say.
- If you struggle to write a conversation with a good flow, write your dialogue first and add in actions and description later.
Pacing your story.
The pace, or the speed, that your story is told, is important for a few reasons. Too slow, and your audience may get bored if the story does not move along. Too fast, and your audience will quickly have no idea what the hell is going on.
Genre and Style
Different genres require different speeds. For example, you may want a mystery story to move slowly: building suspense, raising questions, adding twists, etc. Adventure stories, however, may move speedily, keeping the audience on edge and constantly having things happening that moves the plot along. On the very first page, you could shove the reader right into the scene.
Your character can also have a big impact on the pacing of your writing. If your character is the type who takes in their environment in a slow, observant way, the plot can move along with the character, and this tells the reader more about the person themselves. The same goes for the opposite.
If you have a very detailed, hundreds of chapters long plot, the story will need to be placed in a suitable way that everything happens soon enough into the beginning, as well as spacing out events so that there is a little bit of breathing time.
Writing Sad endings
Have happy moments throughout the story. A sad ending might not make a big imapct if the whole story is full of tragedy. Throw in some light- hearted scenes. Try writing one right before the climax for your ending to have a greater impact.
Make Your Reader Care. Show how hard your Character(s) strives to achieve their goal, only to be defeated in the end. Remember to develop your characters! If everyone finds them boring, your readers might be smiling instead.
Make the ending worth it. Pour your heart and soul into your book. Edit your writing until it’s amazing. Just enjoy what you do! The reader wont put down your story. Maybe the ending is sad, but it’ll be and unforgettable story.
Three ways to finish a scene
Statement. Counter statement. Example: And so we had a mission: keep safe. Needless to say we weren’t going to fulfill that mission.
Don’t. Pretend it’s a movie and you just cut the scene, because nothing else interesting is going to happen, or if you want whatever comes next to be implied. Example: He sat down and looked out of the window.
Dialogue. Finish it with a very heavy sentence that will predict what comes next. Example: “Quit the blabber you two. You are going on trial!”.
If you want your readers to feel like part of the story, the first thing you have to do is make sure they feel connected to the characters, especially the main character. Create characters who:
– feel authentic/believable, with a nice balance of positive and negative traits
– have sympathetic (or at least understandable) motivation and goals
– aren’t overly skilled/talented
– aren’t overly flawed/negative
– has well developed relationships with other characters
– has a character arc that compliments the story
Writing A Scene (Things to know)
- What needs to happen in this scene?
- Whats the worst that could happen if this scene were ormitted? (
- Who Needs to be in this scene?
- Where could the scene take place?
- What’s the most surprising thing in the scene?
- Is this a long or short scene?
- Brainstorm three different ways it could happen.
- Play the scene in your head.
- Write a scribble version.
Some grammer errors to check.
“ohh” and “ooh” are very different in both meaning and pronunciation.
ohh should be used as in “ohh i get it now!”
ooh should be used as in “ooh, that’s really cool!”
punctuation always goes inside quotations.
incorrect : “Hello”, she said.
correct : “Hello,” she said.
Double-check that you’re using the right words! it might surprise you how often people mix up ‘your’ and ‘you’re’ - and even more confuse ‘there,’ ‘their,’ and ‘they’re.’
Writing Drama. (Do’s and Dont’s)
- Show, not tell: drama is all about EMOTION. Show what all your characters are thinking and feeling to convince your readers that it’s real
- Create REALISTIC drama: drama should be made “naturally” because of your characters’ different personalities
- Make it useful: dramatic scenes should be made for advancing the storyline
- Use old tropes, like “misunderstandings” or “love triangles”. Your readers will thank you.
- Overthink: drama should come from the heart. If you overthinking everything, it will feel fake
- Aim for a reaction: if your main goal for drama is to make your READER cry, you’re doing it wrong. Instead, try getting a reaction from your CHARACTERS
What is a plot?
A plot is the chain of events that make up the story in a book, movie, TV show, and the like. A plot generally consists of five major points: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution/ Denouement.
This is the beginning of the story. Here, the reader is introduced to the setting, the characters, and the main conflict.
This is where the story starts to get complicated. The conflict begins to escalate to a much bigger issue.
This is the middle of the story. The characters may be panicking, as the conflict has reached its peak.
By this point of the story, the characters may have thought of a solution to the issue and are implementing it. The story begins to cool down.
This is the end of the story. The story is at a stopping point, the main issue resolved. If you’re writing a series, this may be where you would add the extra bit of information that leads into the next book.
What is a subplot?
A subplot is a plot that exists inside the main plot. An example being a group of characters working together to reach a concrete goal, but romantic tension existing between the two main characters at the same time - the subplot.
Their relationships are going to depend on how they grew up. Were their parents together? Did they live in the same place? What major events did they go through?
Siblings tease each other and will push each other’s buttons. They’ve grown up together- they know their siblings better than anyone else.
They will be protective of each other. While they most likely will not be verbally expressing their love, they will do it in small, considerate interactions with each other.
Give siblings both similar and unique traits. While they might look alike or have similar interests or habits, be sure to make them their own characters.
While siblings can use nicknames, there are some that are not common and should be used sparingly. In most cases, siblings do not use “bro” or “sis”. However, other names are more common, like a young sibling may call their older sister “sissy”, or older siblings may call their younger brother “buddy”.
Ways To End Your Story
The Circle Ending - A story that does a full circle and comes back to the beginning
The Moral Ending - An ending where you learn a lesson and see the character develop
The Surprise Ending - A big plot twist last minute
The Reflection Ending - The Character looks back on their past achievements and experiences
The Emotional Ending - Leave your readers feeling sad, bittersweet, or happy
The Cliff Hanger Ending - End on something that will leave your readers at the edge of their seat
The Humor Ending - Finish in a funny or humorous way
The Question Ending - Make the reader wonder what will happen next
The Dialogue Ending - Finish with a quote from one of your characters
Tips to write forbidden love.
Choosing The Right Obstacle
There’s a lot of different things you could put in the way of your characters being together. It’s also important to think about your setting and your characters’ backgrounds because these two aspects set up the obstacles to hit them organically.
A relationship can be prevented from blossoming for many reasons, and not all of them have to do with things outside the characters’ control. Some relationships are forbidden because one or both of the characters see the consequences of them being together as too severe to risk. A good example of this is when the characters are afraid of a longstanding friendship falling apart in the case of a breakup.
Potraying A Healthy Relationship
It’s important that you decide whether your story is meant to be a happily ever after or a cautionary tale. Be purposeful in how you portray your characters and their actions and how you make it come across to the reader. In the case of forbidden love, it’s very easy to romanticize impulse and obsessive behavior for the sake of melodrama. If you’re going to potray, say, two characters falling in love with the idea of each other, make sure you also get across to the reader that it’s unhealthy behavior and emphasize the conflict that this will inevitably introduce.
Nailing The Angst
There will obviously be a lot of struggle in a forbidden love situation, and the best way to show your characters suffering is by showing how their lives are without each other. Show the reader why the characters are miserable and why they are so relieved when they’re together again. It’s hard to live a life apart from the ones you love, especially when there’s something in your way that you have no power to change. Show that, and the reader will empathize with your characters.
Drama is key with forbidden love, but going over the top can put a bad taste in your reader’s mouth. Be cautious when coming up with plot points. Ask yourself, “is this too much?”, because drama has its place and it doesn’t always have to be super believable, but the suspension of disbelief (avoiding critical thinking) is important to any work in any genre, so toe that line carefully.
Writing Enemies to lovers
Take The Time To Make It Believable
There is a certain amount of care required in the depiction of these stories because they can be really touchy and very easily lead awry. It needs to be handled with care when you tell the reader that this character is going to forgive the other one for doing this, and why. Show the thought process, show the growth, show the reason, and give the story time to make that change reasonable in the reader’s head.
Roll In The Tension
Let the tension build, thicken, and sit in the reader’s tummy. That’s the most delicious part of reading this trope, and the most fun part to write, so enjoy it, and don’t ask yourself if it’s “too intense” or if you need to speed up the pace. Let it simmer, and let the reader stew in it. The longer you draw it out, the yummier the resolution will be.
Give Up Pride, Not Values
Your characters should not end the story by forfeiting what they feel and believe in order to win the other over. That’s not how life works, and that’s not a good way to depict love and forgiveness. Forgiveness is the main theme of enemies-to-lovers stories, after all, and if you’re writing romance, you should imprint a healthy romantic story into your reader’s memory, even if it’s bumpy, tense, and dramatic for the majority of the actual events.
Make The Relationship Improve Them Both
Romances usually hold a meaning or message about romance that the reader will take away from the story at hand. Your message should, ultimately, be that these two people, despite their differences and shortcomings, grew to forgive each other for their mutual mistakes, found common ground, and even fell in love. The end of a romance should be positive, or at least transformative to the reader in a positive way. The couple you depict, if they are meant to be a good couple in the context of the story, should improve each other, and make each others’ lives better.
Abuse vs. Rivalry
There is a poignant difference between two people who are abusing each other and two people who don’t like one another. Abuse can be heavily romanticized or forgiven when this trope is approached with inadequate care and attention. If one or both of the members of the couple actively bring each other down, truly, in an emotional, mental, or physical way, it’s abuse, not enemy-ship, and if that’s intentional, you shouldn’t call your story a romance. Abuse is not romantic, and it never should be depicted to be so.
Creating a love interest for an Introvert
I don’t think that personality has that much to do with how individuals interact, to be quite honest. In real life, people behave differently around different people, depending on the context. People build relationships based on how the behave around each other, not based on if they’re talkative or introverted.
Instead of focusing on the characters’ personalities, you should focus more on how the love interest interacts with the protagonist. It is how they treat the protagonist that will determine what extent and how quickly the protagonist opens up to them. For instance, if the love interest is kind to the protagonist and calmly persistent, the protagonist will most likely open up faster than if the love interest is rude and talks down to them.
Some Extra’s (I recommend going through this will be updated alot.)
Every time you’re introducing a new character, the tone and direction of the story should change a little (which is what happens to you in real life when you meet new people, even if the change is minisule)
Falling in love should be natural. It happens slowly, and over time, and it isn’t perfect or flawless. It’s not a given - just because you have to characters together does not mean that they are meant to be. Of course, they can be attracted to each other right away, and have a great natural chemistry, but things need to happen slowly. There’s always uncertainty, mixed with hopefulness and nerves, when new relationships start off. That’s what makes them real.
Your characters shouldn’t be changing to fit the plot / story. The plot and story should change for them. So one character likes to skip class and smoke outside, but now that he is dating the start student, maybe he wants to impress his new significant other, so he starts going to classes more. He can’t automatically be a great student - he probably will still be slacking on homework and not doing great on tests. He doesn’t really care, so he’s probably texting under the desk, passing notes or doodling. He just wants to impress someone. Changes within the character need to be realistic. They have to stay true to themselves.
Keeps two things in mind when writing relationships/love, What is drawing them together? And What is keeping them apart? Some people refer to writing relationships as “weaving the roses.” Roses have thorns which are keeping them apart. People also have thorns, you just have to ask yourself, what part of their personalities or circumstances are keeping them apart? Are they from rival families? Do their personalities clash? Is there a class divide?
And then, you have to weave the roses together. You have to bring them together after great conflict and overcoming many obstacles. That is the basics of any great romance.
A little something I thought the Author’s should know
Don’t write what people want to read. Write what you want to read.
- A story/book takes lots of time and effort. You need patience, lots of willpower to go on and an open mind for criticism.
- Speaking of criticism, not everyone will like your book. Focus on those who like your book and be open for constructive criticism. Most of the times, it opens your eyes to things you might’ve not noticed.
- Make sure to know the difference between (constructive) criticism and hate. Constructive criticism will be generally brought to you in a respectful manner, as the person who tells your their opinion talks about both positive and negative things. Plain criticism and hate will always be rude and focused on the bad things.
- It’s absolutely fine if the words don’t always flow. Mastering the art of writing takes many years, and every writer is different. Practice as often as you can (Daily or almost daily), and even if you don’t notice it now, in a year or two your writing will improve so much!
- Don’t stress if your book doesn’t look like the image in your head. It might be a first draft, or maybe some things didn’t make sense to what you already wrote. It’s okay to leave some things behind or to add some things.
- It’s okay to take a break from writing every now and then. May it be that you need to think more of the plot, you’re preparing for editing/rewriting it, school or your job eats up your time, soul and energy, or maybe you just need to rest for a bit!
hope this helps you, I’ll keep adding more things some if these aren’t by me, I saw them online and thought of adding them here!