Check out this sheet of RIDICULOUS potential sentence starters I found:
- A hard on doesn’t count as personal growth.
- Do I look like a fucking people person?
- This isn’t an office. It’s Hell with fluorescent lighting.
- I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it left.
- I pretend to work. You pretend to pay me.
- If I throw a stick, will you leave?
- And just how may I screw you over today?
- And your crybaby whiny-assed opinion would be…?
- I’m just working here ‘till a good fast food job opens up.
- I’m not your type; I’m not inflatable.
- I’m trying to imagine you with a personality.
- Someone here is is thinking about sex. Okay, it’s me.
- I have a computer, a vibrator, and pizza delivery. Why should I leave the house?
- I just want revenge. Is that so wrong?
- It’s sick the way you people keep having sex without me.
- I work 40 hours a week to be this poor.
- Okay, okay, I take it back! Unfuck you!
- Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?
- You look like shit. Is that the style now?
- Earth is full. Go home.
- I thought I wanted a career; turns out all I wanted was paychecks.
Hi! I am writing a completely asexual character in a sidhe/fair folk setting. I am struggling to maintain balance between him being comfortable with it and not seing it as something that needs to be "cured" and yet being in part embittered since a) sex is a very powerful magic tool in the setting b) he is under *enormous* societal pressure to attempt procreating. I've gone over some asexuality sources but i fear I am still being offensive; is there any helping it? Much appreaciated!
Whoa this sounds like a super cool concept?? I would read this??
(I don’t totally know what you mean by ‘completely asexual’ though? Like, d’you mean aro and ace? Someone who’s asexual and sex repulsed? Someone who’s demisexual and really hardcore about it? An asexual person that won’t have sex even when offered cool magic powers? There are as many ways to be asexual as there are asexual people, so I don’t really know what ‘completely asexual’ would mean!)
Aright okay, okay. My expert opinion is kinda limited since I only consider myself something like a tin or copper star ace, and obviously I don’t speak for everybody, but lemme tell you what I think.
Everyone exists on a sort of sliding scale of how comfortable with themselves they are. Think of, say, looks for example. Even if you’re happy with your physical appearance, some days you’ll just think ‘wow, I look like a crusted over piece of snot in a beached seal’s nose’, put on a dirty tee shirt, and feel unattractive (and vice versa). I think how confident in ourselves we are can really depend on the situation, and how we’re feeling at that moment.
So, from what I can tell from this message, your character actually sounds pretty normal for his situation! If people are constantly telling him that he’s broken, it’s not surprising if sometimes he’s forced to wonder if he is broken. And what a pain it’d be that the magic is totally set up against him! I think that, under the circumstances, him being able to be mostly comfortable with himself and think that there’s nothing wrong with him most of the time probably took some work and courage. Which is pretty relatable! Between hyper-sexualized media, parents making passive-aggressive remarks about never being grandparents, and being told that they ‘just haven’t found the right person’ in the real world, I’m sure asexual humans could sympathize with an asexual character doing their best to be comfortable with themselves in what sounds like possibly an even more adverse setting.
In summary: Just your character normally feeling happy and good with their identity but being frustrated with a world that’s stacked against them isn’t offensive- if anything, it’s pretty realistic. Where you could fall into trouble is how you handle the situation and your writing. Sliding into clichés or stereotypes, or framing your writing to make it seem like there IS something wrong with him would be a problem. You get what I’m getting at? The setup isn’t inherently problematic at all, far as I can tell- so what will make or break the book is how you write it. So write your book the best you can, for starters! Then, you can ask some people to read it over and give you their impressions. If there are problematic elements that they point out, you can then fix them. You’ll probably fuck up some- but rather than not writing about it because you’re worried you’ll fuck it up, why not go ahead and do it, and then correct yourself and learn from where you fucked up in the first drafts?
Go for it!
Tumblr text HTML reference
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Homoglyph can do things like:
Unicode text can do things like:
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For your text to look like this
You go to <html> and type
Inserting link <a href”link”>text</a> ends link
Break in line (like for poetry and stuff or whatever) <liv><br />
For your text to look like this
You go to <html> and type <code> text </code>
Small text with <small> text here </small>
Big text with <big> text here </big>
Center text (idk it works for sbar) <center> txt her </center>
Down text with <sub> text </sub>
Up text with <sup > text </sup>
Bold text <b> txt </b>
Italic text <i> txt </i>
Strikethrough <s> txt </s>
Basic checklist for your story
This checklist can be used during both planning and editing stages.
- Does your protagonist have a personality beyond being heroic and nice?
- Does your protagonist have agency?
- Does your protagonist’s personality change?
- Did your protagonist have a life and relationships before the events of the story?
- Does your protagonist have flaws?
- Is your protagonist active as opposed to passive or reactive?
- Is your setting described well enough that readers can imagine themselves there?
- Is your setting used or described differently than similar settings by other authors?
- Do readers have a sense that your world extends outside the events of your story?
- Does your setting have its own unique atmosphere aside from being a backdrop for your plot?
- Is it important that the events in your story take place in this setting and not another?
Your Romantic Subplot/Plot (if applicable)
- Does the relationship have flaws?
- Does the relationship take time to develop?
- Does the love interest have their own personality beyond their romantic traits?
- Does the love interest have agency both inside and outside the relationship?
- Does the love interest have flaws?
Your Major Non-Protagonist Characters
- Do your major characters have varying opinions on your protagonist?
- Do your major characters have traits outside of their relationships with the protagonist?
- Do your major characters have varying gender identities, races, ability statuses, and sexual orientations, unless there is a good plot reason otherwise (such as the story taking place mainly at a male prison or a gay bar)?
- Do your major characters have different worldviews and senses of morality?
- Do most of your major characters have agency?
- Do your major characters have flaws?
- Do all of your major characters need to be there?
- Do most of your major characters’ personalities change?
Your Minor and Background Characters
- Do most of your minor characters have something that makes them interesting and memorable?
- Do your minor characters have varying gender identities, races, ability statuses, and sexual orientations, unless there is a good plot reason otherwise (such as the story taking place mainly at a male prison or a gay bar)?
- Do all of your minor characters need to be there?
- Does your antagonist have a reasonable motive for their actions?
- Does your antagonist have agency?
- Has your antagonist done enough to be taken seriously?
- Does your antagonist have good traits?
- Does your antagonist have traits outside of their relationship with the protagonist?
- Do your scenes flow logically?
- Are all of your questions either answered or left unanswered for a reason?
- Are there too many coincidences?
- Does your plot begin at the perfect spot?
- Does your plot end at the perfect spot?
- Is there conflict?
- Are there any scenes that could be left out?
- Does your plot happen because of the actions, reactions, and decisions of your characters?
- Are there any spelling or grammatical errors?
- Are there any sentences that could be left out?
- Are most of your sentences active instead of passive?
- Do you use mostly strong verbs (ex: drank, ran) instead of weak verbs (ex: was, did)?
- Do you use too many adverbs?
- Are your sentences varied in structure?