Someone with an average job (teacher, accountant, etc.
Should not have a billion-dollar house.
Half a dozen of the most expensive cars ever.
A dozen maids, and designer clothes, unless they secretly run the mafia!
Please, If you're going to make your character rich, give them a rich job like a lawyer,
superstar, or CEO of a successful company.
You will not believe how annoying it is to see a name spelled one way on the first page and different on the second.
Instead of concentrating on the story, I start wondering which way the character's name is supposed to be spelled.
Take 'I Sold Myself to the Devil for Vinyls… Pitiful,
I know by an author I'm currently too lazy to look up.
Yeah, it does give away a bit of the plot,
somewhat of a spoiler) (Also, I'm using an example from my own story because I know what I intended with my story and if I use someone else's, and it's not what they intended… awkward):
Raine and Kaden are dating. They're at the mall, and Kaden's staring at some girl's butt.
Definitely not ideal for a boyfriend to do, right? But Raine barely reacts, which makes it seem pretty small.
However, if she had gotten mad at him, and made an argument that lasted three days, it would've been huge.
This is somewhat related to #9. Using the previous example (the boyfriend staring at a girl's butt thing), if option two had happened (the big reaction),
Your characters should match their personality.
If you say your character is very easy-going and down to earth, then have them freak out about someone they've met once forgetting their name,
they won't seem very down-to-earth and easy-going.
And if your character's a tomboy rebel but spends five paragraphs wondering
if her/his hair looks okay and worrying about class, it doesn't make sense.
This seems like common sense, but I've wanted to throw something so many times.
From reading a book where the actions/reactions of a character do not match
what their personality is said to be.
One thing I hate is when we suddenly know everything. It feels too coincidental. Yes, we want information.
But we don't want to find out everything about your character's scarring past in the first chapter.
Break it up, draw it out. Give a little info here, then wait a couple of chapters.
It's just weird when by the end of the first chapter we know everything about your main character.
Also, half the time, it comes off as too much explaining. Small reasoning here and there is fine,
Okay, this might just be me, but I think a character should develop during a
Maybe they're immature and silly at the beginning, but then something bad happens.
And they become all hard and cold. Or vice versa.
But characters should also develop at a reasonable pace. If the character did
the above in a chapter,
it'd be a bit weird. Even if something bad happened. Old habits are hard to break.
A player can't exactly become the
perfect boyfriend in two chapters, he's still going to look
at other girls, and make perverted comments and such.
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