If Henry went to find his father and the savior was a man, it would be no question whether or not SwanQueen was end game. Why can’t a happy ending happen for a gay family?
the WORST thing is LIKING SOMEONE and NOT BEING EMOTIONALLY READY for a RELATIONSHIP and also being LONELY so you know your JUDGEMENT IS CLOUDED and MAYBE YOU SHOULDNT like them at ALL
canon jesus is way cooler than fanon jesus
canon jesus was a sassy middle eastern guy who literally said “did i fucking stutter” and hung out with prostitutes
fanon jesus is just some boring white guy who sits around hugging lambs
Just be careful who you say that around. His fandom has literally killed people for disagreeing with their head-canon.
Keeping your writing realistic and relatable is a challenge all writers face. We want our readers to connect with our characters and we want our stories to feel as real as possible. If you’re having trouble making your writing realistic, try following these simple tips:
Strengths and weaknesses
All of your characters need both strengths and weaknesses to be relatable. Your protagonist definitely cannot be a “perfect” character; otherwise you run the risk of alienating your audience. No one wants to see a character doing everything perfectly all the time because that’s just not how it works in real life. We want to see them making mistakes and learning from those mistakes to become a better person. All of your characters need to have weaknesses and flaws.
Focus on world building
A world that hasn’t been fully developed will not come across as very realistic. Your readers want to understand how your world works and how your characters engage/connect with your world. Take the time to develop your world and figure out how each character would live on a daily basis. If you don’t have an understanding of how your world works, your readers won’t either.
Listen to real conversations
Writing realistic dialogue is super important if you want readers to relate to your writing. Listening to real conversations will help you form your own dialogue. How do people really talk to each other? How can you put that into your writing? I know dialogue is stylized in books and film, but realistic dialogue goes a long way. Do your best to avoid clichés.
Humanize your characters
You need to take it a step further than just developing strengths and weaknesses. Focus on character quirks, hobbies, accents, etc. Filling out character sheets will really help you develop your characters properly. The more the audience knows about them, the more realistic your characters will be. Humanize your characters by focusing on what makes who they are. Take those character archetypes to the next level.
I’m sexually attracted to this Jacket
I have reblogged this before and I will again. Can’t get over this thing.
I should make this now.
I had two ideas for what I would get married in.
1. Pirate Attire
2. A cross between a dress and a tux
you have created both
Marry me in this and I will love you forever
I want it!
Omg I’m going to cry this is so beautiful
I have a very mighty need
There is a lot written on this topic but I’ve decided to throw in my thoughts on the thing.
Now the most important thing you must do is to ask yourself – does your story even needs a romance at all? If you have looked all over can came to conclusion that if you throw romance thing out nothing will fall apart and character development won’t be affected – do it! Throw it out. People will be just as happy to read about pure adventures. If things fall apart and character development suffers in case if romance is thrown out…Well, follow me!
Part one: you shall NOT do these things.
1. You shall not make Y-shaped love triangles, if it’s obvious from the beginning who will be chosen as a lover interest.
Okay, if you are confused with terminology: Y-shaped love triangle is when two (rarely more) people are in love with the same person, who is supposed to choose between them.
Example: There is person A and persons B & C who are in love with A. When you have a nice person (let it be C) being in love with A, while an asshole person (who is called B here) also is in love with them or pretends to do so for whatever reason while author clearly ships A+C - THIS IS NOT A LOVE TRIANGLE.
It’s called having a False Romantic Lead. Which is fine if done right, but when done wrong - there is a high chance that your readers will throw bricks at you.
How to cure it?
Remember, to give Y-shaped love triangle good dynamics and prevent your readers from groaning and skipping all the “lovey stuff” ; all sides MUST have proper development as characters. B and C must be equally interesting to A. Sure it will make A’s lovelife more complicated but tension is what your readers are here for!
2. You shall not present one of sexual orientations in a love triangle as a “wrong one” nor you shall do “queer-baiting”. Nor in love triangle, neither in any other form.
a) Queer-baiting is when TV or in the movies writers either make some characters seem gay/bi or put in obvious homoerotical subtext, to get interest from LGBT+ fans. But then said viewers get a slap in a face when writers pull “nope, not a littlest homo here”. But don’t think that it only a TV disease. Same strategy can be found in books, albeit it’s a lot rarer.
Example of queer-baiting: pick any episode in, say, BBC Sherlock or Rizzoli & Isles. How these people still didn’t sleep with each other with such chemistry? Answer is simple: because writers said so.
b) Another just as bad thing is when we get a love triangle where one of sides is straight and another gay. In very rare cases you can encounter gay vs. bisexual.
Example of wrong orientation: So how does this one work? A is swooned over by C who is gay (or less sommonly, bi) and B who is straight. A will always end up with B, regardless of what chemistry they have with C, because B has a “right” orientation even if B is obviously an asshat and previously A was said to be gay. In second case, A & C will be gay while B going to be bi. Here “right” side is gay one. Thus A will end up with C, because of the reasons.
How to cure it?
a) Don’t do queer-baiting. Ever. Better write healthy consent relationships between people of the same sex. Or of different sexes. Or both. Or more.
b) Remember that there is no right or wrong side. If A should end up in healthy relationships with the person who actually loves them, regardless of what sexual orientation they have. Or with no one at all.
3. You shall not overuse “love at the first sight”.
Let’s face the fact: love at the first sight, while an actual thing, is very rare. True love, I mean. You see, actually we, humans, need about 30 or even less seconds to decide if this certain person is the one who we want to see in our bed tonight. But it’s about sex and reproduction, not love. Especially, if person in question is good-looking. Seriously, I’ve never seen MC falling in love at the first sight with someone homely or ugly.
Example: B sit in the café and drinks coffee, while waiting for his friend C. Then they see A, walking by them. A sits at the nearby table and orders tea. Suddenly!B is in love with A despite not knowing anything about them, minus their gorgeous looks.
How to cure it?
How about instead you build up their relationships slowly? Make things unfold at slower pace. It will help you to show character development and also will let readers see how characters change. Of course, it will also help us to see how relationship dymanics is changing between characters. Or let them fall with each other seemingly at the first sight but then surprise us with the fact that it’s in fact isn’t what it seems. What it actually is, will be up to you. I believe in your creativity. Maybe both characters interacted before but they both happened to be shy violets so romance thing was quite subtle; maybe they were wrong and it’s not LatFS – just physical attraction; maybe some mind manipulation was involved…Possibilities are endless!
4. You shall not make it all about looks.
Let’s face the fact: people fall in love with personalities, not looks. And while looks are also important, they are not everything. And if somebody say that they fell in love with somebody else’s looks, than this is what called “lust”, not “love” at leats at first. Biologically we are wired to search for a healthy parthner. Healthy parthner equals healthy babies. Healthy babies are good for the population. And often health and good-looks are interconnected.
Example: A swoons over how gorgeous B looks. We are told about 10 times in the first paragraph how pretty/handsome they are. Half-way through the book - and we still have very vague understanding of B’s personality and motives, if they have any. As a variation of this: B is beautiful and therefore is good, while C is ugly and therefore is bad. Or B is beautiful and therefore is bad, while ordinary-looking A is good. For no other reason.
How to cure it?
There is a difference between good character who happened to be beautiful or ordinary or ugly and character who is good because they are beautiful or ordinary or ugly. Make sure that character’s goodness or badness or how good they are in bed has nothing to do with their looks. Give them personality, interests, make them likable.
5. You shall not make everything about angst and drama all the time.
Seriously, I understand appleal of angst and such but, you know, this is getting old. Of course whinning is best when done in groups or at least pairs but can you please not? Reading about drama-llama characters who angst allthe time is rather tiresome.
Example: A meets B. And they bond over B’s broken-ness and probably B’s whinning doubts about how they are not good enough for A and how A deserves better. A secretly does the same.
How to cure it?
Remember, the easiest thing that draws people together is laughter. Some of bets romances I’ve read had also the funniest interactions between characters. So your protagonist may not be the prettiest/the most handsome person around but if they have positive attitude, there are more chances that they not only will win heart(s) of their love interest(s) but also of your readers.
6. You shall not romanticize abusive relationships. EVER.
Unfortunately abuse in various forms happens in real life, it’s a sensitive topic and definitely not the one to handle lightly. What is even worse – there are books that romantisize abusive relationships. And these books are aimed at teenagers. That is sickeing to say the least.
Example: C meets F. F is abusive, controlling, manipilative, jealous, prone to anger at slightest provocation and generally is a jerkass. Author, meanwhile, wants us to believe that F is just a misguided sexy muffin who doesn’t know any better, has problems with expressing their emotions towards C in appropriate fashion and situation in general is presented as “hawt”. *facepalm from here to Vladivostok* Oh! Bonus point of C is a naïve person and has no to little experience with relationships (including sexual) prior to meeting F.
How to cure it?
Write healthy relationships which are sane, safe and consentual. Seriously, YA and even A literature needs more of this.
7. You shall not make romantic relationships a cure for all and any kind of emotional pain.
Of course, love trascents time, space and many other things but unfortunately it can’t always cure emotional traumas. Some authors do not realize this.
Example: A has trust issues because of their shitty life and/or some other reasons. So one day A meets Z and falls in love with them. Several chapter later we learn that Z’s love some how cures A’s trust issues. Instantly. For no reason and no work from A’s or Z’s side.
Or B was raped and now has a fear of intimacy. They meet U and fell in love with them. And probably U has magical dick or vagina or other type of genetalia because when they somehow managed to cure B’s fear of intimacy. With hawt passionate sex!1!@@!! *headdesk*
How to cure it?
Keep in mind that while love can provide great support, especially emotionally but it doesn’t make one’s problems disappear. Show how your character work their way through this. Seriously, they may not even solve the problem over the course of one book but it is in your power to show that they are trying to do their best. Sure your readers will be pleased a lot more than if it was suddenly!cured! Recovery takes time and work.