Writing in a male POV?

Happy Monday everyone!

 

Today I’m talking about something I’m asked ALL the time: how do I write in a male POV.

I’m a girl. I have girl thoughts. I do girl things. How on EARTH am I supposed to understand the male mind in order to write in their POV? 

I see this question all over Wattpad, and people ask me about it frequently. And, I’m here to shed some light on this subject. Of course, I’m not a guy, I do

n’t know what happens in a guy’s mind. But, guess what: you don’t have to be a guy to understand them or write male characters.

Step one: TRASH THE IDEA THAT GUYS AND GIRLS ARE WILDLY DIFFERENT.

Yes, you heard me. Get rid of this idea. To be honest, guys and girls think a lot alike. They are a lot alike. We’re all humans, and guess what friends? Gender is a construct!! That being said, forget everything you’ve ever learned about writing the male POV, because writing about guys is just as easy as writing about girls.

Step two: TRASH THE STEREOTYPES!!

Often times, people write in the male POV and make it obvious by falling back on stereotypes. making their males only think about sports, or cars, or getting some in the backseats of their cars. Now, c’mon, that’s boring. Boys don’t just like sports and cars. Guys like other things, too, so stop falling back on these. I hate reading stories that feature male POV and all he thinks about is sports.

YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.

However, it’s okay to write about guy struggles, because they have them too. Just like how someone may write a girl character struggling with her period, or her weight, or fitting in with the popular crowd. Guys also have struggles, and it’s okay to write about them. Please do! Talk about how his family doesn’t let him show emotions. Talk about how he feels about hearing girls being afraid to walk near him at night because he’s a tall and buff guy. You can talk about these issues. And, that type of character dialogue is so much more interesting than having your guy character talk about football, like every other male character on Wattpad.

Step three: Write your character’s POV how YOU want. 

If you want a guy character who likes to paint, then yeah. Have him thinking about art. But, think about who he is as a person. Does he care about what he wears? If not, leave that mirror scene alone. (in fact, just leave that scene alone period). Does he care about cars? If not, don’t have him talking about his car. I know, this seems self explanatory, but it’s just so tedious to read stories about guys who like stereotypical guy things.

Don’t focus on getting into a guy’s head. Just write your character how you usually would write your female characters. Just focus on what your character likes, and go from there. You design your character. You decide what they think about, how they act, what they like to do, etc.

That’s literally all there is to writing in a male POV. As long as you design your character and what he likes/dislikes, then it isn’t hard. Stop thinking that these two types of humans are like, wildly different from each other.

Obviously, me and my brother think differently, but SO DO ALL PEOPLE. Guys get self conscious. Guys care about how they look. Guys cry. Guys can spend a long time in the shower/getting ready/getting dressed. Guys can like getting coffee in the morning before school. Guys can like baking, they can like cooking, they can like whatever the FUCK they want to like. Don’t put genders in boxes, and don’t limit your character to masculine and feminine traits.

This is my writing tip/inspiration of the day. I hope you guys liked it, and I hope I don’t sound TOO cynical here. I want you guys to write ALL the male characters, because there aren’t enough of them around tbh. Write your stories with a male POV. Write your stories with the characters you want to write!

I love you all! XOXO

What I do in a day during the summer! (aka… why I never update)

Hello everyone!!

I’m OBSESSED with those “Get-ready-with-me” vids on Youtube, and even though this isn’t a youtube channel and I can’t fake my morning, I thought I’d write down how my summer days USUALLY look like, since people are always asking me why I never have time to write.

Well, here is why!!

On a TYPICAL summer day, this is what I do from the moment I wake up, to the moment I go to bed.

 

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6:30AM: My phone alarm goes off, and I immediately get out of bed (on a good day). I head right to the bathroom to go pee, wash my teeth, and force myself out of bed. Then, I’ll go back into my room, pull on workout clothes, and rub deodorant under my arms.

Downstairs, I drink a glass of water while I stretch my legs. Usually I do toe-touches, pull my feet to my butt, etc. After I finish the large glass of water, I fill up my Nalgene water bottle (you can get it here for like, $11. it’s huge, and amazing, and I bring it everywhere) and pull on my running shoes and grab my car keys.

Between 6:45AM & 7:00AM: I drive to the beach to run, since I live on the coast. I try to leave the house by 6:45, but c’mon, we’re not all perfect. Then I’ll run for about a mile or two, depending on the day, how much time I have, and what the weather is like. The run is actually pretty decent and quiet during this time of the morning.

7:20AM: I usually get back from my run around this time, sometimes earlier. I shower at night, so I usually go and only wash my face from the run and reapply deodorant. Then I  go straight to the coffee machine and make myself a cup of hazelnut coffee.

My dad usually leaves around this time for work, so I say goodbye and hug him before he leaves. Yes, I live with my dad during the summers. I’m a broke college student who can’t afford NOT to live with my family during the summer.

7:30AM: I can’t go to work in my running clothes, so I go and get changed into my work clothes. I work in a place where my outfits get messy/ripped, so I wear t-shirts and shorts (and leggings!) most of the time. So I’ll grab whatever is around, and decide it’s good enough.

7:40AM: Usually this is when I take out my breakfast and hunker down in the kitchen to eat it with my laptop open. I love overnight oats, so I make those at night and eat them in the morning, and it’s my fave meal. It’s SO easy and quick to make. It’s literally oats, milk, honey, and whatever else you want to add.

  1. THE NIGHT BEFORE, grab a mason jar (or any container, I like mason jars) and fill it with equal parts oatmeal and milk. I use 2%, but you can use whatever you like (almond milk, whole milk, 1%, coconut milk, whatever)
  2. Add honey!! (or don’t. this is what I like)
  3. Put it in the fridge
  4. THE NEXT MORNING, pull it out. Shake it around, then add whatever you want. I add granola and banana in the morning, but get CRAZY. Add some berries. Add some fruit. Add none of that and just eat the oats! I don’t care 😀

Alright. Dumb recipe, but there you go. You’ll thank me later.

While I’m eating, I’ll go on my laptop and reply to messages on Wattpad, reply to comments on my stories, mess around on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, really whatever I want to do for the next 40 minutes. Sometimes, I turn on the news and watch that. Sometimes, I even WRITE, but I try not to (40 minutes sounds like a lot of time… but when you get into it, stopping mid-chapter can be hard and I try to avoid writing when I don’t have a lot of time).

8:15AM: I leave my house to pick up a co-worker, and we head to Dunkin’ Donuts for an iced coffee run before work. Yes, I’m addicted to dunks. And yes, I get it like, every morning before work. And YES, I drink a cup of hot coffee and then get an iced coffee.

9:00AM – 6:00PM: I’m in work!! I work an 8 hour shift, with an hour lunch break at 1PM, which sounds luxurious, but usually it’s about enough time for my co-worker and myself to go into town, get something to eat, and return. We don’t do this every day (in fact, we usually go to her house and I bring a sandwich)

6:00PM: I’m out of work, and it’s time to chill. This is when I have the MOST free time of the day.

Some nights, I go out with friends to get ice cream, or to go to the movies, or to go late afternoon shopping at our fave stores. If I’m not going out with friends, I get changed out of my clothes and put on lounge clothes (usually sweatpants). Then, I’ll join my dad in the living room and we’ll talk about our days at work. We’ll swap funny stories. Watch the evening news. I’ll mess around on my laptop and probably play Sims (I love sims… I just bought the city life expansion pack to add to my collection)

7:00PM: Usually this is when I eat dinner, which my dad cooks. It’s typically some type of meat and salad. We’ll eat together in the kitchen usually, and talk about whatever comes up in conversation. I’m very close with my father, and spend a lot of time with him because of it. He’s def one of my best friends.

After dinner, I go upstairs and start the shower. I’ll light a candle in my room (i’m obsessed with bath and body works!!) and then I’ll get into the shower. I usually listen to Chill Nation songs in the shower (lol, don’t judge me. I’m into the Blackbear remixes right now cause i love him)

When I get out of the shower, I take a spoonful of coconut oil and swish it around in my mouth for 20 minutes. While I do that, I get into my robe, sit in bed, and try to write. Or, I’ll get stuff done that HAS to be done (like budgeting… yikes).

After the 20 minutes are up, I spit out the oil and brush my teeth. Then I lotion up my body and put on pajamas. By this time, it’s usually 8:00, or 8:30. I’ll go downstairs, and my dad and I will try to watch a movie, if we’re feeling it. If not, I’ll write on my laptop.

9:30PM/10:00PM: This is about the time I try to go to bed. Right before sleeping, I read a few chapters from a book, set my alarms, and say goodnight to my dad. My hair is definitely still wet (I don’t blow dry my hair, I let it air-dry) but I don’t really do anything to stop it from getting the pillow wet. I also have to put Argon oil on my face, cause I have  CRAZY dry skin, and I’ll put in a leave-in conditioner in my hair, because it can always use more moisturizer.

 

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So. That’s a typical day in my life. I work five days a week, so this schedule is what most of my week looks like. It’s repetitive as shit, and I don’t get a lot of variation from working and what not, but I try to have as much fun as I can. I go out with friends every chance I get, including on my days off, and so that leaves little time to write and update, as you can see.

But I still try!!

Comment how your days go. Does your mornings and nights look like mine??? (and keep in mind, I don’t run every morning. Right now, my ankle is sprained, so I’m really not running)

What is your favorite candle right now? AND, do you drink as much coffee as I do??

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

 

Top 50 Summer Playlist

Hi friends!!

I love music. I love playlists. And I love summer. And I wanted to share my summer playlist with you guys! I’ve been listening to this when I run, when I write, and even when I’m packaging baked goods at my place of work.

Now, of course, this isn’t a COMPLETE list (hello, summer is just beginning) but it’s a mix of some oldies (but goodies) and some newer stuff. Idk what everyone’s fave music genre is, but mine is definitely mixed. So, without further ado…

 

  1. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
  2. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
  3. Changes – David Bowie
  4. I Love It – Icona Pop
  5. Ruby – Twenty One Pilots
  6. Runaway (U & I) – Galantis
  7. Kiss Me – Sixpense None the Richer
  8. All Night Longer – Sammy Adams
  9. iSpy – Little Yachty
  10. Accidentally in Love – Counting Crows
  11. Issues – Julia Michaels
  12. Despacito – Justin Bieber
  13. Not Your Way – MisterWives
  14. No Problem – Chance The Rapper
  15. I Don’t Fuck With You – Big Sean
  16. Kitchen Sink – Twenty One Pilots
  17. Panda – Desiigner
  18. Shake it Out – Florence + The Machine
  19. Harlem – New Politics
  20. Clumsy – Fergie
  21. Pop Princess – The Click Five
  22. Wasted – Tiesto
  23. There She Goes – Sixpense None the Richer
  24. Rollercoaster – Bean
  25. Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande
  26. All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
  27. Danza Kuduro – Don Omar
  28. 1985 – Bowling for Soup
  29. Lovely – Twenty One Pilots
  30. Rather Be – Clean Bandit
  31. BO$$ – Fifth Harmony
  32. Worry About You – 2AM Club
  33. Something Big – Shawn Mendes
  34. Hide Away – Daya
  35. Roses – The Chainsmokers
  36. Gibberish – MAX
  37. Sit Still Look Pretty – Daya
  38. You Don’t Own Me – Grace
  39. Toxic – Brittany Spears
  40. Guys My Age – Hey Violet
  41. Lady Killers – G-Easy
  42. Hair – Little Mix
  43. That’s my Girl – Fifth Harmony
  44. I’m The One – Justin Bieber
  45. Congratulations – Post Malone
  46. Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys
  47. Johnny Boy – Twenty One Pilots
  48. She’s So High – Tal Bachmen
  49. Soak Up the Sun – Cheryl Crow
  50. Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae

 

Feel free to listen, poke around, see what you like (if anything). This is what really gets me in the summer mood (though not all are high pumpin bangers). Let me know in the comments below what YOUR favorite summer 2017 song is!! And maybe I’ll give it a listen (;

It’s summer!

Hi guys!

I know, I know, I’ve been nonexistent. But, honestly, school is such a soul sucker sometimes. I’m super busy during the school year that this part of my life takes a back seat to everything else.

But, it’s summer! And that means more reading, more writing, and more blogging. Hopefully.

Now that it’s summer, I thought I’d give an update on my life. Not that anyone reads this blog anyway

Returning to that resolutions list (the one I wrote in January), I’m going to talk about how I’ve been, what I’ve been up to, and all that jazz. Now that it’s summer, I’m back to running before work. I go into work at 9:00am most mornings (sometimes 8:00am) and I tend to fit in a quick run in the morning. So I’m doing that resolution. For those interested, I usually run about a mile in the mornings, which is horrible for me. Last summer, I was running up to 4 miles in the morning. Hopefully we’ll get back to that point! I’ve started using the couch-to-5K app on my iPhone, which helps runners prepare to run 3.1 miles in 5 weeks. Of course, I want to back to my 4 mile runs in 5 weeks, but i’ve been loosely following that. If you’re interested in learning more, just leave a comment!

I also wanted to finish my spring semester with a 3.8 GPA… which I was close to achieving. My semester GPA was a 3.7. Shucks. But, college is hard, friends.

I haven’t gotten into journaling. Yet. But I bought a journal, and that’s the first step right? Do any of you journal? I’m interested to know what you do/journal about.

I’m not anywhere close to getting an apartment, but that’s going to happen soon. I graduate from college next year… and that’s certainly scary. Once I graduate, I’ll have to get an apartment. Yikes. Also, my money situation is poor, despite how much I work. But, we’ll get there. If I stop buying books and candles and clothes.

For those who don’t know, I go camping on the weekends in the summer as well. I’m pretty outdoorsy, and active. Who else likes camping? Leave a comment if you do, or if you’d like to start camping! Camping is honestly one of the reasons my family is so close. We’ve spend weekends together crammed in a camper for over 14 years… how can’t you be close? (that’s right folks. my family has been camping on the weekends for over 14 years. Every. single. weekend. in the summer. wow.)

Do you have any topics you want me to write about in another blog post? Just let me know with a  comment below!

My 2017

Hello everyone!

It’s that time of the year again: resolutions! Only, I don’t like calling it that, because resolutions imply that the only thing that matters is the end goal, which isn’t true. What matters is the journey and how you get to the end.

So, where do I want to be at the end of 2017?

  • I want to read at least 100 books this year. I’m going to make a goodreads account and list every single book I read
  • I want to start a journal, and get into journaling.
  • I want to finish The Devil Child, which is a story I’m currently writing on Wattpad
  • I want to finish The Burning Prince, which is another story I’ve just begun on Wattpad
  • I want to complete this upcoming spring semester with at least a 3.8 GPA, and the following fall semester with the same.
  • I want to start running and exercising.
  • I want to save enough money where I can begin to look into buying an apartment and not feel overwhelmed about the price
  • I want to improve my description skills

These are just a few things I want to work on this year. Every year, I hope that it will be my year! but then it never is. This year, I’m not looking for that. This year, I want to feel comfortable in my own skin, I want to be proud of my writing skills, I want to dominate school, and I want to drown in books.

Enough with resolutions that never get achieved. I’m ready to be the best me I can, and I’m ready to kill it this year, writing wise.

Feel free to leave a comment about what YOU want to achieve this year!

Favorite books of 2016

It’s almost 2017, and to kick off the start of a new year, I want to wrap up 2016. In a good way (because I only ever see the bad things about this year, and I’m a positivity freak)

#1

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This book came out this year, and is the last installment in the Raven Cycle series. (which is my all time favorite series, go read it). I got this book as a gift, and it was signed and everything by the wonderful and amazing Maggie Stiefvater. She did a magnificent job ending the series, and I love everything about this book, from the characters to the suspenseful plot.

 

 

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The physiological thriller You, written by Caroline Kepnes was pretty good. While the writing style was hard to read at first, it really grabbed my attention and kept me hooked for the entire read. It was definitely one of my favorites this year.

 

 

 

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Vengeance Road

So, this book is a western YA, and I was hesitant to read it. Western books? Yeah, totally not my thing. Cowboys? Potentially hot, but not my thing. So, I was pretty weary of reading it, but it had an absolutely gorgeous cover, so why not. And boy, was I happy I did. This book is amazingly written, has a love story, AND A BADASS FEMALE CHARACTER. That’s right ladies. This book has everything you’ll ever want in a female protagonist. No dumb, whiny girls here. Just girls with guns and vengeance.

 

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Shadow and Bone

This series was so good! I read these books this spring, and I was wrapped up in them like you can’t even imagine. A mix of magic and fantasy, this book has stunning characters, a wild romance, and a plot so unique and interesting that you can’t put the books down. I know I couldn’t, last finals season (rip to my spring finals earlier this year… they were no match against Shadow and Bone!)

 

 

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Particular Children

I was hyped about this book since before this year, and before the movie was released. But, I really only had time to read it this year. And I’m so glad I did! This book is amazing. The characters are wonderful, it’s creepy to a certain degree, and the romance sub-plot is cute. I definitely enjoyed it, so of course I saw it in theaters, and was devastated. Seriously, if you’ve seen the movie and haven’t read the books, READ THEM! They’re so good, and the movie doesn’t do it justice.

 

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And there you have it! My top five of 2016. Please keep in mind that I read well over 100 books this year, as I can’t seem to stop myself from buying every book in sight, so this was a hard thing to narrow down! (I spent an embarrassingly long time to do so, tbh). But, I hope you enjoyed, and I hope you grab some of these for yourself! You won’t regret it (I hope!)

 

College and Beyond

Wow, hi everyone

It has been a while, huh?

So, the last time I posted anytime, it was summer, and the only commitment I had was working. And it was so easy to read and work and run a blog. It was incredibly easy. However, now that school has started up again, yikes.

I have like, no time to do anything. However, I’m slowly posting chapters still, trying to read a book in between classes and having jobs and a social life, and wow. College is hard. As someone who is leaping into their third year at college, I can tell everyone that it isn’t all fun and games and getting invited to cool parties.

No, my friends. There are 8 am classes, three hour classes, back to back classes, long days at work, long homework assignments, and surprise quizzes. All in the first two weeks of classes. How fun.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love college much more than I ever loved high school. In fact, I would trade nothing to go back to that time. I hated my high school, I hated my classmates, and I hated everything about the classes in high school. College is so much more free.

But also, I’m busier. I spend less time in classes, but when I’m not in class, I’m working or with friends. Which again, is not bad. But leaves very little time for some well deserved I-time. Which means, I’m not writing like I used to.

To those in college, and those starting college, I’m sure you can agree with me when I say college is better in every way, but also a full time commitment. Whether that commitment be to classes, running to the dining hall, giving in when your friends beg to hang out, or slaving over the counter at your part-time job, you’re always doing something.

And when you’re not? You feel like you need to go do something, because you’re wasting the day away just laying in bed.

So. I am alive and well. I am drowning in college life. And I am trying to read and write as much as possible. But sometimes, it just isn’t.

Happy Saturday, and have a great rest of your weekend. Even if school is what you’re looking forward to on Monday.

Starting a new story?

Hello all!

I think one of the hardest things to do as a writer is start a new story. Why do I say this? Well, it’s because a new story means new everything. New characters. New setting. New plot.

When writing stories, I often get immersed in my characters. By the twentieth chapter, all my characters have established themselves, and I know who they are. And how to write them. But with a new story, there’s always that who am I? with characters.

But, never fear, I’m going to share some of my tips for starting new stories.

If you’re like me, then you have a folder with your writing projects. And if you’re really like me, then you have a lot of stories that are started, but never went anywhere. You know what I’m talking about: beginnings to stories that want to be written, but were forgotten after the prologue, or the first few chapters because things weren’t flowing right.

These abandoned stories? I have tons of them. Collecting dust and waiting to be written. But why did I abandon them in the first place? Why didn’t I stick with them?

Writing new stories is hard. And often times, I have all these ideas, but nothing to do with them.

Here are my starting out tips:

• CREATE A PLOT!!!!! This is so important. If you want to write a new story, come up with a basic plot line. Basically, where is the story going, how will it end, blah blah blah. This basic plot line will HELP you.

• DO CHARACTER SHEETS! I love planning out my characters with these things. Basically, just find a template online and fill it out for your babies. Plan the heck out of little Sally Lou and get excited over what your character will do, what they look like, etc. (even google pics of what you want your character to look like!)

• MAKE A COVER! I love messing around with covers when I first have ideas for a story. Making a cover gets me excited and motivated, and I’m less likely to drop a project if I’ve invested a lot of time into it. Aka, if you make characters, a plot, and a cover, you’re ready to write.

• WRITE RANDOM SCENES. Now, these scenes don’t always have to be in the story. I often times write scenes with my characters to get a feel of how they feel, how they act, how I should write them. I’ll write them in various predicaments, etc, just to get used to them. I do this before I even start writing, usually. And I typically do this in class, haha. (no one suspects a thing; they think I’m taking notes. oops)

• ASK OPINIONS. Talk to your friends about your story! Ask them how they feel about the plot. Ask them whether or not you should change stuff, etc. Get excited about your story with your friends.

Still not enough? Still not feeling motivated to write that new story?

Trash it. If you aren’t feeling the story, then you aren’t feeling it. And if these things aren’t motivating you/making you excited, then the story is probably a bust. (if you’re already having writers block in the beginning of a story, then you’ll probably get stuck later on).

So, this is what I do to motivate myself to write new stories. And these things honestly do help me when it comes to creating new universes and whatnot.

 

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!! Get to writing, and get to character creating. I love you all, XOXO

 

Cuckoo Song [book review]

My most recent read was the horror thriller Cuckoo Song, written by Frances Hardinge. At first, when I was at the bookstore, I wasn’t crazy about the cover. Sure, I love me some creepy dolls, but the cover didn’t scream to me. But the description did, and it was a staff pick, so I grabbed it.

I’m not disappointed.

I’m not the biggest fan of middle grade, though I’m starting to come around. This book was again, not a disappointment.

As a lover of all things horror, I was excited for this story. The premise includes missing memories, waking up to finding dead leaves in the main characters hair, and a crazy incident. Also, did I mention the main character eats dolls that come to life?

This story is a blend of horror and fantasy, and I wasn’t disappointed. And when I say fantasy, I don’t mean Disney stuff. I mean, it’s sort of hardcore and so interesting all at once. A new twist on changelings and creatures from another world with intriguing characters and a beautifully crafted world.

For those who want to read an interesting thriller, this is a good book. Even if you aren’t a middle grade type of reader, it’s worth it. I’m not a middle grade reader, and I loved the fact that the main character is thirteen (yay for no romance for once) (also yay for a character that isn’t a teen in high school).

Yes, you heard me, no romance. gasp.  Here’s the thing: I like romance. I write romance. I read romance. But sometimes, I want a good story with no romance. I want horror with just that: horror. I want thrillers and mysteries that are good on their own without some flimsy side romance.

This book delivers this. I mean, the main character is thirteen. And, in some parts, she’s kinda badass. Even for a book meant for a younger generation.

 

First, the beginning is mysterious and creepy, all rolled into one. I mean, Triss is eating rotten apples in the middle of the night, and she’s hella creepy, walking around half-mad in the night. I was so into it. Her younger sister hates her for no apparent reason, and her family is treating her like she’s a fragile doll. All very interesting for the set up of a creepy tale.

Of course, the book has its lulls, and the author does tend to overwrite during certain aspects of the book, but the description was almost magical, the characters were enchanting, and Triss was what I look for in main characters. And also, the plot twists are what I live for, and Triss has a pretty big one.

And to be honest, I don’t know why horror fantasy isn’t more common. It was a pleasure to read something I wasn’t expecting to read. When I picked the book off of the shelf, I was expecting the usual horror read, with creepy dolls and perhaps spirits. What I got was a dark fantasy that takes place in old England, with the unsettling plot of a girl who is not who she thinks she is.

I definitely recommend this book. Could it have been creepier? Sure. Could it have been explained a bit better? Of course. But this is the kind of book that reminds me of Coraline, which I adore. It has enough of it’s own twist to be interesting, and it definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat.

My recommendation is that you pick this book up asap. And don’t forget to toss out all your misconceptions of middle grade, YA, horror, or fantasy. Give it a try like I did. I wasn’t disappointed, and I hope you guys won’t be either.

 

The problem with too many characters

Happy Monday everyone!

So, this monday I want to talk about how to introduce characters when you have a lot of them. One of my biggest pet peeves is reading a story that introduces all their characters at once. And I’m talking about the main character being introduced to like, five new characters at once.

I can think of a few Wattpad stories that does this; they introduce five characters at the same time, and expect you to remember who they are.

Here’s the problem. When you introduce five characters all at once, I will never remember who is who. First, you can’t properly create a reader-character relationship when there are too many characters introduced at the same time. And bonus points if they are all the same gender.

So, if you’re planning on having a crew of characters, please introduce them separately, not all at once.

And make sure you give the character space to become themselves before introducing the next. For example, if you want your character to have a love triangle, don’t introduce the two love interests at the same time. Introduce the first, then give that character space. In the Hunger Games, the two love interests are Gale and Peeta. Both characters are introduced at separate times, and both characters had enough time to become someone memorable. Now, if Peeta and Gale were introduced at the same time, the reader would certainly be confused and mix the two up.

Each character should have had their own time to grow on the reader, rather than being thrown at the reader all at once. And the problem with this is that the character would try to establish themselves, but got muddled in the other characters who were also trying to establish themselves. So we have multiple characters, all with different personalities, and all trying to become memorable. This is confusing for the reader.

So, what should you do if you’re in a similar situation?

GIVE THE CHARACTER THEIR OWN INTRODUCTION. Let them grow on the reader, and let the reader have a chance to become attached to said character. And then bring the others on, one by one. (Or, you can even bring them on in twos if you wish.)

And, what’s the best way to introduce a new character? Let the character be themselves, unapologetically. And make them stand out; don’t have three football playing boys be introduced at the same time with the same personalities. Have a football player that is all about sports and getting into a good football college. Have a band geek that loves to write music. Have an artist that is interested in graffiti. Give your characters personality, and give them there own ambitions. And give them time to introduce themselves. Three football players with the same ambitions will create characters that aren’t interesting. Three popular girls all into the same stuff is also boring. We want interesting characters that are their own person. And we want to meet them separately

No more introductions that go like: “This is Mary, and this is Jenny, and this is Lisa. Mary is a brunette and she loves math class. Jenny is blonde and likes to paint. And Lisa has black hair and enjoys playing the guitar.”  How will the reader ever tell the difference between Mary, Jenny, and Lisa if they are all introduced at the same time? How will I remember that Mary likes math?

I won’t.

So, the moral of this post is this: do not introduce all your characters all at once. Introduce maybe two at most, if you want your readers to not be confused by the onslaught of new characters. Even when watching movies it’s confusing, and at least with movies you can see what the characters look like.

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their Monday!