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

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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

 

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!

Daily writing: is it worth it?

Welcome to my blog,

Happy Inspiration Monday!

So, happy Monday everyone! It’s July 25th, which means summer is almost over! And I know, I know, it’s pretty upsetting. But, today, I have more motivational words of wisdom(?) for everyone.

I know people have heard about daily writing. And I know that it’s often given as a tip when trying to improve. But, is it really worth it?

Yes, yes it is.

Let me give you an example. If you workout every single day, do you get stronger? The answer is yes. If you only work out once a week, do you make amazing progress? No, not really.

This equates to writing. When you write daily, you’re practicing daily. You’re working on grammar, spelling, ideas, creativity, and you’re bending your mind. Even if you write daily about things that are not connected to a story you’re working on, it’s helpful.

When I was in high school, I carried around a notebook full of writing. Like the studious student I was, I would write in classes I hated, I would write during lunch, and before my license I would write on the bus. I would pull the notebook out everywhere and write when something popped into my mind.

And boy, did it help. I got used to daily writing. Ideas flowed much easier. And it was so easy to jot down story plot ideas, or whatever came to mind. Writing daily is such an easy workout when it comes to writing, and it does help you improve.

Practice makes better. And the more you write, the better you get. Trust me.

So, it’s July 25th, and I have a little challenge for my readers. For the month of August, join me in writing daily. Even if it’s a journal entry. Even if it’s nonsense. Even if it’s just your thought process written down. I challenge you guys to write every single day for the month of August.

As someone who writes every day, I value this practice more than life itself. It has gotten me where I am today, and honestly, it makes writing so easy and common place. It’s a drill my body already knows how to do.

And I’d love to hear about people who too love to write daily. What do you write about?

Alrighty. Happy Monday. I love you all.

XOXO

The Perfect Plot Twist

~ Happy Inspirational Monday! ~

This Monday, I want to talk about the perfect plot twist. Those of you who read my stories on Wattpad know I absolutely adore plot twists. And I love making them as surprising as possible.

But how do I do it?

Today, I’m going to share my tips and tricks when it comes to surprising your readers and pulling the rug out from under them. And trust me when I say that it all has to do with planning.

STEP ONE: Plan, plan plan.

I’m hoping that before you’re writing your story, you’re planning out your plot. Now, this can be detailed, this can be rough, but there should be a plan somewhere. An idea of where your story is taking you.

My plans for my stories are always elaborate. I map everything out beforehand, and of course, my plot changes along the way. But I can make these changes because I plan so much in advance. So, step one to the perfect plot twist is to plan.

A plot twist shouldn’t be a sporadic, hey-I-just-thought-of-this type of thing. Plot twists need to be planned from the start for them to be any good. Why? Late planned plot twists lead to the all scary plot hole syndrome.

And we don’t want that.

So, you’ve planned out your entire plot, but there are no plot twists? Good, we can move on to the twisting of the plot. I hope you weren’t attached to that newly planned plot!

Look at your plot and find something to change. Maybe your story is about a new student in a high school. (please stop writing these sorts of books, they’re boring) and you’re like, how can I twist up the plot??

Well, half way through the book, reveal the secret that maybe she has a double identity.

Or, reveal the secret that she’s secretly crazy and she’s imagining all the students around her, and she’s been stumbling around an abandoned school building for weeks now. Hey, maybe this’ll be my next story.

All you have to do is take your plot, and throw something in there. Something crazy. Something mind-blowing. Something like a crazy girl imagining her peers.

This is the stage where you let your imagination run. Literally, the crazier the plot twist, the better. I’m serious. The crazier they are, the least likely it is that someone will guess it before it happens. And no one wants the commenters who say I SAW THIS COMING!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, so we have our plot (new student in a high school) and we have our plot twist (she’s secretly crazy and none of her student peers actually exists) and now we have to execute it flawlessly. Which is hard. Which, even I can’t do. But hey, we can try.

The important part about executing the twist is that it needs to make sense. Such as, in this case, no one else can see or know about the make-believe students. Like, if you write that the main character’s mother goes to visit the school and she can see everyone, that’s a plot hole. Or, if you write about the main character going home, that’s also a plot hole, since she’s in this abandoned school roaming around. Because of this, the story should take place at school all the time, and shouldn’t involve anyone the main character knows, outside of school.

Taking time to map these things out makes it easier to successfully pull off the plot twist. And you spent all that time planning, so it should be a piece of cake. You add in the plot twist, search your plot for plot holes, and then begin writing.

But what if people are still guessing it in advanced?

Well, my friends, it’s time to go back and rewrite. If they’re guessing, it’s because you’re letting too much away too soon. I suffer from this issue with my story, The Skeleton Boy. And those of you who have read the story knows what I’m talking about here.

But what if i’m not a planner?

Ooh, good luck. If you’re someone who writes on the fly, plot twists are harder to write and execute, only because you haven’t made your plot bulletproof yet to insightful readers. Also, you should always always always plan, even if the plan is rough and not very clear. But we can talk about planning another time.

So, to write that plot twist, here’s a recap of the steps:

-Plan your plot.

-Add in the crazy twist.

-Go back and edit your plot for plot holes.

-Write, write, write!

Well, I think that wraps it up for this monday. I hope this helped motivate you to writing more plot twists (every story needs one, in my opinion). And try not to give anything away!  The key to this is secrecy!

~ Have a fantastic Monday! ~

The problem with short chapters

hi guys! 

Welcome to Inspiration Monday!

So, you feel like your chapters are too short, huh? Well, when I’m feeling like my ideas aren’t flowing and my chapters are roughly two pages too short, here’s what I like to do.

 

Erase and Rewrite. Yes, that’s right, erase and rewrite. If a chapter for me doesn’t feel write, doesn’t flow right, and I can’t seem to make it a reasonable chapter (length wise) I erase and begin again. I know, this is totally scary because what writer wants to erase their hard work and begin again? Not many, including myself. But if my chapters just aren’t reaching their ideal length, and I can’t seem to write enough, I begin again. Different ideas will flow, the story will take a new turn, and more often than not, it’s for the better. If you’re taking your book into a direction it doesn’t want to go in, you’ll know because you won’t be able to write it.

Take a break. Sometimes, when writing a chapter, you need to take a break and let your ideas come to you. If you’re writing a chapter and it’s bland, and a filler, and you can’t seem to write, take a break. Jot down ideas. Watch a movie. Read a book. Go for a walk. Then come back and see if you can finish that dreaded chapter.

Finish the chapter with a plot twist. Ah, my favorite method right here. If I’m writing a chapter that doesn’t seem to want to end (in the bad way), I add in a twist. I make a decision to have my characters do something out of place, out of character, so that it not only throws off the reader, but also throws me off. Here’s an example: I was writing a chapter with the main character going to school, but after they got to school, I felt like I didn’t know where to bring the chapter, or how to end it. I had two pages of the character doing things before school that were important, but now she’s at school and I had no clue what to do. So I just decided to throw in a twist out of nowhere, and it made me so excited to keep writing. She’s at school, and suddenly she gets an important phone call. Or, she’s at school and suddenly a car accident happens in the parking lot. Or, she’s at school and suddenly her best friend slaps her across the face. Idk, just throw something drastic in. It helps!

 

Those are my three favorite ways to help a chapter along when you just can’t seem to finish it. I really do hope this helps (and this can help with writers block). So, if you’re stuck right now on finishing a chapter, go ahead and try one of these! And if it works, I hope you’ll continue to try it out!

Okay, happy inspirational monday! Happy writing, my friends!

inspiration monday

Hello friends!

Welcome to inspiration monday! (though this post is on a tuesday, oops). And this post is mainly to write what is happening with this.

So, every monday well, i hope it will be every monday I will be posting inspirational posts about writing, how to get through writers block, and perhaps some tips and tricks. Maybe I’ll even have prompts to help you guys!

Writing is hard, and often times, I feel like giving up. Don’t we all? So I know it can be nice to have so inspiration when times are getting tough. And honestly, that feels like ALWAYS for me.

So, happy tuesday! Get ready for next monday’s inspirational post on how to get unstuck from writers block, the wickedpromises way!

 

Love you all, XOXO