Many of these aren’t even actual flaws. Some don’t cause any hindrance to the characters. Others get twisted in stories so they come out as admirable. All can be done well, but usually aren’t.
- “Over-heroism” (It’s nice that you can contort it in your mind into an actual flaw, but nobody ever thought less of somebody for being too heroic.)
- Noble criminal tendencies
- Drug addictions
- Any flaw that goes away magically when the situation gets serious
- Anything a character is born with
i have made another friend watch game of thrones. friend hates sansa stark. friend can go and fuck herself.
What if writers had a much smarter and different way of insulting others?
“Your life has barely any plot development!”
if i ever publish a book and it ends up on here with half the text blacked out to make some angsty teenagerish sentence i will come and hunt you down motherfucker
Some everyday things you can include in your writing to make your character more beliveable:
• most knives and scissors have the edge on the opposite side. We use ‘blunt’ or customized blades most of the time. May sound as a little thing, but really annoying. This also goes for swords, bows and some other weapons.
• Left handed people need left handed music instruments (guitars, violins…)
• Left handed writers tend to ruin fountain pen nibs, because they have to push them instead of pulling it on the paper. They also have to write in a weird postition because otherwise they’d smudge the ink. Some of them write from the top to the bottom, even if they use european langeauges.
• being left handed was considered ‘devil’s mark’ or ‘wrong’ and people were forced to use their non-dominant hand until very recently. Keep this in mind if you writing historical fiction.
• Left handed people tend to do circular movements in the opposite direction. If they have to draw the circle or seasons, they mostly draw it in a mirrored way. This also cause small everyday issues with locking or opening doors or using analog-style clocks.
• in swordfights or fencing, left handed have an advantage because most people train against righties.
• Left handed people put the computer mouse on the opposite side, and we have to switch the button settings.
• Left handed people normally eat with their left hand, so they make the table the opposite way and they may accidentaly bump elbows with right handed at the table.
I, S am left handed. Although a lot of those points make sense to me, I think I need to make a point. Not everyone is this extreme with their leftieness. For example I write left handed but I do everything with my right. I throw a ball with my right, play cricket with my right. It depends on the person.
The most annoying thing is can openers. I can’t use them, it takes me ages to open the hotdogs as they don’t seem to work for me. Knifes aren’t a problem for me as I use my right hand.
Followers? Any experiences to add?
- When not all the books in the series are the same height.
- When books change covers with editions so they don’t all match unless you buy the series in one go.
- When some books are hardcover and some are softcover and it doesn’t match but you can’t find another copy.
- When some covers are different in certain countries so you don’t get the main one which also happens to look better than all the other varieties.
- Basically just books.
- God damn them.