Top mistakes authors do in their story

Exactly!! I feel the same way, ugh

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This relates to one of the mistakes that authors do in their stories. They create sassy characters and “bad girls” who ended up being weaker than other females or even men. Why is this a problem? because sometimes they talk back and defend themselves (or others) but other times they prefer to be “shy” and “not create problems”. I like unpredictable characters, but this is different.

You either create an unproblematic and quiet character or you create a strong one, it’s frustrating to see this contradiction. I don’t know if I explained myself correctly so I apologize.

My second mistake is the opposite of this… I dislike stories where they punish you for making “bad choices”. Authors should create different paths and each of them should be interesting and beneficial to the readers, the only exception for this “mistake” is if the authors give you the option to see different endings.

I get that some choices will make you lose points for obvious reasons, that’s not the problem. But I’ve seen some authors giving stupid choices that make you lose points so you buy them at the end of each chapter.

It’s boring to read a story where you can’t enjoy it because you are too afraid of messing the end or ruining relationships.

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I like to say something on the opsite of this, a strong woman, does not mean a mean bit*ch there insult people, are rude and hit evryone. I often see people say they have a strong female, and then she act like this. we want a strong woman who can stand up for herself, not one who is abusive,

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Oh yes! Definitely true. A strong female MC to me is someone confident and not afraid to stand up for herself who doesn’t need to rely on a guy to save her. Being plain rude (and sometimes bitchy to other women for NO REASON) isn’t empowering, it’s just bad writing.

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Oh I understand, and you’re right! I don’t like that either. Of course confident people can be shy at times or not be able to stand up for themselves sometimes, but if you’re always going back and forth it feels like bad writing and you don’t know what kind of character you want to write.

I get that tbh, in my story I put big choices with gains but I made sure that neither is bad, just changes how the MC behaves but there’s no lost there. As for point systems, I agree that some choices are ridiculous with the points. As much as I love them, they should be a bit more clear about what’s a good option if you want points with that character or end up with them, etc.

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Moved to Episode Fan Community since this isn’t about story ideas or reviews. Make sure to check out our Forum Tutorial for more info about creating topics, and feel free to PM me if you’ve got questions. :smiley:

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I’m gonna be quick, short and sweet with this :sunny:

I absolutely can’t stand when the MC and the LI are getting close together and have a fully developed relationship, but when she sees another girl tryna force herself on the LI but he tries to push her away, and the MC gets all like, ‘how could you do this?’ 'I hate you… etc. Like, don’t you trust him? Don’t jump to conclusions when you don’t know the situation.

Another thing that triggers me is the fact that, the LI is obliged to forgive the MC, because she ‘didn’t mean it.’ But when it comes to her, she won’t even give him a chance to explain, like wth.

However, there are amazing stories our there! :white_heart:

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True!! Like I saw one story where the girl was shown strong. The author also mentioned that she learned kick boxing and knows how to operate a gun. She drank champagne I guess and then she went in the alley way to breathe fresh air. And then someone pulled out a gun to shoot her and she was standing there afraid. Like author showed he strong then why the hell is she afraid? There was a lot of time before the LI could come in save her but all she did was stand there and cry! I left the story there. These kind of things makes me lose my mind. I know she drank champagne but of she was sober then why didn’tshe just attack the attacker.

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That’s the thing! Some people freeze when they are under difficult situations (I’m an example of that) but that happens with EVERYTHING. Like I will freeze in an earthquake, a mass shooting, a robbery, etc. I’m not going to be super confident on a mass shooting and then cry when someone tries to rob me without any logical explanation.

I also want to add another mistake… when authors don’t make subplots for the family members and secondary characters. They aren’t ornaments, they serve a purpose to the story and I love when people actually give them lives outside of the MC/LI.

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Yes true!!

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I agree with everything! Especially the first part. Some people freeze when faced with traumatic situations and that’s okay. That doesn’t make them weak at all. The main problem is using the s*xual assault as a mere plot device the further the romance between the LI and MC. It’s frustrating, especially since the last thing on someone’s mind after being assaulted is romance.

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Yes, that mistake is common. Most authors portray s-xual ass-ult in the wrong way…but my question is, could they do it differently? I know that MC could run, kick the creep, etc, but that would be overused if all authors use this.

TW: S-xual ab-se.

Summary

I think that authors shouldn’t include s-xual ass-ult, at least not with our current guidelines. I’m an ab-se survivor myself and I remember reading the story about a girl who also suffered from sex-al ass-ult as a minor (in this platform, but they sadly remove it) and how she was able to find love and fight against this horrible man. It was encouraging for me to read about an MC who was able to grow despite all the things that happened to her.

But people don’t like “dark” topics because of the teens on the app. It’s different to write a story promoting horrible things related to s-x than writing from a survivor’s perspective, I don’t know if minors should read those things, but that’s another topic.

So yeah, I want to also include that one of the top mistakes is that they include dark and traumatic things but can’t elaborate on that. Let’s face it, this app is basically for teens, so we need to adapt to that. The mystery is fine, but sometimes people are too vague and it’s necessary to know little details in order to empathize with the characters and their trauma.

Note: I would like to have a version of Episode targeted at young adults, but that’s another topic. Please don’t flag me for being “off-topic”, I said all of these things in order to contextualize my point.

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Tbh like the actual worst thing author could do in a story is portraying culture wrong or using bad stereotypes

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When authors have a really good plot, but they really rush it, and the next episodes are just fillers until the author thinks of something new to add to the story.

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“I could care less.”
It’s “I couldn’t care less.”

  • Mistakes to do with your/you’re.
  • Mistakes to do with their/there/they’re.
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I don’t have any thing basic that hasn’t been said. But like does anyone get annoyed the club scene in almost every story. Like they always go to the club and end then “accidentally Meet the LI” I mean nothing wrong with it. But is very much used a lot. :weary:

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yes, I had a scene where the best friend talk about something traumatic, and episode made me remove most of it. so now it seem like I just gloss over it. like it wasent traumatic,

short about what happened she was kidnap as a child and she saw the royal guard who was kidnap with her getting brutally killed,

guilty, though its a taverne, since its medieval fantasy. but he is not the only love interest. so I took a clichi one because it is hard to present multiple once in original ways

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I agree so much. Im like yall were in a relationship this whole time why didnt you let him explain what was happening

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Exactly, all authors use the same reaction and it gets pretty irritating.

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I am actually agreeing with everything @Tabiso.stories and @dynastywrites mentioned. :wink:
But also I want to fill in some extra stuff. :point_right: I totally start to dislike stories with mean girls and creeps… Like there is in the feature stories no mean guy or a creepy girl to find… It always needs to be a mean girl fighting with MC for the LI and a creepy guy attacking the MC in a dark alley. Becomes a little boring.

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