The Writers' Helpers

Hi. I'm writing a story and one of my characters has the power of flight and I was wondering if you had any tips on how to write that?

One of the first things to do is figure out how they fly. There are tons of different kinds of flight in the real world and in the superhuman world. For the sake of this response let’s assume that it is the Superman-esque gravity defying flight. A good way to describe anything is to go through the five senses. What does it feel like? What does s/he see? Does it smell different in the air? By going through those senses you have a good basis for the description. Another thing to do is look at it from an outside POV. What does it look like? Does s/he just rise into the air? Does a gust of wind pick them up and carry them away? Do they seem in control of the power? All these questions will help you figure out what the important details are, and in turn help you figure out how to describe it.

Happy Writing,

-B

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suguelya whispered:

Hey there! Thanks for all your help =) I can't figure out how to use 'everything but' correctly. People sometimes use it with the word coming after being true, as in 'he was everything but happy' when the character is, and some use it meaning the contrary as in the character was not. I personally think it's the latter, but I've seen both versions so often that I really don't know anymore. Could you please help me out?

"Everything but" means the word after isn’t true. He was everything but hungry means he was tired, happy, etc. but he wasn’t hungry. But is a conjunction that shows opposing or different ideas. He was everything, but he wasn’t_________. So in short "Everything but" means the character isn’t whatever the word coming after is.

Happy Writing,

-B

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Book Recommendations From Followers with Switching POVs

b-chasing-butterflies said: "Flipped" by Wendelin Van Draanen is a spectacular example of 2 POVs. Bryce and Juli often tell about some of the same moments, so you can see how vastly their understanding of a moment differs.

clockworkdelirium said: Another good book that switches POV is Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I highly recommend it.

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lorrcan whispered:

do you have any ways I can have my characters waking up but not using the phrase "I wake up" each time?

A good way to let a reader know that something is happening is to describe the action. In stead of saying “I woke up” try saying “I opened my eyes, and sat up, taking a moment to let my eyes focus in the darkness of dawn.” That’s a bit poetic and fancy, but you get the idea. That’s also a good tip for anything. Don’t just explain that the character did anything. Instead describe what the character is doing.

Happy Writing,

-B

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nekou-nekori whispered:

Hello! I need to put some ridable creatures into my fantasy story, but I want sth far less known and less popular than a griffin, centarurus etc, not mythological. Could you help me somehow? Where to look?

Non-popular mythological creatures can be hard to find. One place to look is in mythology that isn’t widely used: Maori, Native American, Hindu, Aztec, etc. Another place to look is monster manuals. RPG’s like D&D and Pathfinder collect monsters and NPC’s from all across religions and folklores. There’s a good chance there are some awesome rideable monsters or demons or whatever in there. And if there aren’t you can always modify one of them to be rideable.

Happy Writing,

-B

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Hello! So, I'm making a comic that features Indian (as in the country not Native American) siblings- a boy and a girl. There was once an amazing Indian character naming resource (maybe in this blog) but the OP switched her blog so the post is gone :(. I don't trust websites too well so I'm wondering if you guys have any good resources? My last resort would be to use names of kids I know, but I'd rather pick a name that stands out to me. Thank you all for your time!

I don’t know about the post for specifically Indian names, but I use the website here for naming all characters. You can search by name meaning, name or origin or all three. It’s infinitely useful.

Happy Writing,

-B

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I'm writing a dystopic demigod novel and I want to reveal the protagonist's godly parent near the end of the story. How much I should hint at who her dad is? People's knowledge of mythology is so varied and I don't want to make it easy to guess.

One way to do this is to use a god system that isn’t very well known. Something like Chinese, Native American or Hindu gods and goddesses might help. You could also just hint at powers and never outright mention that they have them. Like feeling a bit stronger when submerged in water. Or jumping abnormally high when scared. Hinting at powers and having the main character not understand what is going on helps keep it vague. The bottom line is, like you said, everyone’s knowledge of mythology is different. There will be someone out there who can guess what’s going on, but that’s no reason not to make it fun for those who can’t. I would suggest reading Anansi Boys or American Gods by Neil Gaiman. He does an awesome job of keeping these things a secret, and making the story fun.

Happy Writing,

-B

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Anonymous whispered:

My story is a young hero's journey on modern times - on his travels he goes to Asia and comes across a Geisha. She is sophisticated, beautiful and becomes a mentor of sorts. Since I am not Asian, is this appropriation?

It isn’t appropriation as long as you make sure to do plenty of research and get the characterization right. Appropriation is only if a cultural element is adopted by someone of a different culture without any of its original significance. So as long as you yourself or your characters are not trying to be some watered down version of a geisha you should be ok. Again, just make sure to do plenty of background research and get the geisha character right. As long as the character is a legitimate geisha and not some weird facsimile it should be alright.

Happy Writing,

-B

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Anonymous whispered:

I have a really important question that is probably too specific (which would explain why I can't find it) but could anyone perhaps tell me if it is normal in Asian countries for a young student (age 8 to 13) to walk home alone from school?

Asia is a pretty big continent, what is true for some places won’t be true for the rest. Your best bet is to decide what country it is set in and the area of that country- then do your research.

-S

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colourfulpantsandarainbowhat:

beggars-opera:

colourfulpantsandarainbowhat:

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easy there henry

whos henry what thef uck?

*faint laughter from Britain*

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Anonymous whispered:

Portraying an Asian character as confident and desirable is fine (and refreshing, for a change), but having the fact that they are Asian be the defining factor of their attractiveness would be sketchy. Your protagonist should find her attractive because s/he finds her attractive (physically, mentally, emotionally, whatever), not because "Ooh, an Asian girl, how exotic and exciting" (which is the problem many people had with Eleanor & Park).

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