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Yes, this is exactly the sort of thing I was thinking! Since groups like that tend to emphasize gender roles, too, would it also be realistic to give him more of those "masculine" traits, or exaggerate them more than I would with other male characters?

The Anonymous Pigeon
It would be completely realistic if he went overboard trying to act like a "manly" man if he were afraid of being perceived as gay, and/or if he was ever bullied for being perceived as such.

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+2 answers in: “On your article about writing male/masculine characters, you mention that it's unrealistic for any character who has a sexual drive to not approach the body of someone they're interested in. Would a good reason for them not to do this be that they grew up in a church that taught them (continued)”

Just an observation: your article on OC relatives still uses the phrase "Mary Sue". Are you going to rewrite that? Also, an idea. How about renaming your article "So You Want a Powerful or Talented Character Who Won't Be Seen as a Mary Sue" into "So You Want a Powerful or Talented Character Who Won'

Yes, I'm going to get around to changing those and/or adding a disclaimer. I've been busy with a lot of stuff lately, so I haven't been able to get to all that just yet.

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Different person now: unless he's gay, right?

He won't blame women's bodies if he's gay, but he'll still have a lot of self-loathing.

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+2 answers in: “On your article about writing male/masculine characters, you mention that it's unrealistic for any character who has a sexual drive to not approach the body of someone they're interested in. Would a good reason for them not to do this be that they grew up in a church that taught them (continued)”

On your article about writing male/masculine characters, you mention that it's unrealistic for any character who has a sexual drive to not approach the body of someone they're interested in. Would a good reason for them not to do this be that they grew up in a church that taught them (continued)

The Anonymous Pigeon
taught them that sexual desire was synonymous with the sin of lust, so they try to avoid the expression of those feelings?
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Ah, yes, that would be a good reason. Fella's probably gonna have a lot of self-loathing issues he'll blame on women's bodies, though.

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I read the framing article, and you mention that different methods might be appropriate for different audiences, but I've always had trouble grasping what other people think of as "obvious" or not (as I often catch the "subtle" stuff first). Could you give some examples/add them to that section?

I already gave two examples - that what's obvious to an adult might not be so to children, and that people who aren't familiar with something might need stronger approach than those who are. If you want to get a better bead on what various people might miss out on, just start paying more attention to what they miss on a consistent basis and start taking it into account.

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Hate to mention this, but some of your Avengers articles talk about SHIELD not going around finding super-powered people, unless they cause problems. Does that mean Ava Starr is an exception, or have those articles just not changed since Ant-Man and the Wasp? Sorry this is nitpicky. Love the site!

Yeah, it wasn't updated for Ant-Man & The Wasp, which I haven't managed to see yet. I'll have to do that when I can!
Update: So the thing with Ava is that SHIELD didn't actively seek her out; they just found her in the wreckage they were investigating. She was an orphan of scientific interest and had future tactical potential, so they took her in. This is quite different from actively seeking out anyone and everyone who has powers.

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In your Social Tips for the Socially Awkward, you say to avoid making obvious statements. You used "politicians are bad" as an example. If the general awfulness of the political climate is getting you down, is it okay to say that, as long as it's not presented as new shocking information?

If you wish to vent your frustrations, you need to make sure you are doing it in an appropriate place - EG, among close friends who are willing to support you, or in a private journal/diary.

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I would like to write a story about a woman who was created in a lab by an evil scientist, but he didn't create her personality, just her body, so the woman is too moral to do the scientist's bidding and she becomes one of the protagonists. However, I am not sure how to go about writing a woman who

is physically an adult (complete with adult brain) but has no life experience. Does she need to be taught how to walk/talk/use the bathroom? Would she know what being hungry felt like? How do I plausibly write such a character?
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As far as plausibility goes, I'd just show or have somebody mention that they'd put necessary knowledge into her brain. Most people would go for that just fine, and it's a reasonable enough solution for a soft sci-fi story. (Though you might need to figure out why people don't just learn that way all the time.)
As for what you could reasonably expect her to know *without* being taught, artificially or naturally? Not much of anything that requires actual knowledge. She wouldn't know what a toilet was for - she would see an object with water in it. She would probably figure out what hunger felt like soon enough, and she would instinctively want to eat something, but she might not know where and how to get food.
As far as walking goes, she would not be able to do that at all because she had never developed the motor skills necessary. In fact, she wouldn't be able to do much of *anything* because she wouldn't have developed any motor skills.
Additionally, it's questionable whether she would be able to form normal bonds with people, and relate to them normally. Her ability to regulate emotions would likely be severely hampered. Children require healthy socialization to develop these things; its absence leads to permanent damage. She would probably never be able to speak, because the window for that has long passed.
But of course, you're probably writing a soft sci-fi story here (or a fantasy story with soft sci-fi elements), so a few simple explanations like "we artificially gave her knowledge and stimulated the development of motor skills and other necessary stuff" should do just fine.

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(3) If they're obviously not aging, but vampirism is something they'd rather keep secret for fear of being ostracized, do they have to keep moving around in order to keep the secret? How common is it for vampires to have negative opinions on humans? Sorry for throwing so many things at you at once!

Yes, that does happen a lot. Some vampires are lucky enough to find a situation they can stay in for awhile, but many of them have to move sooner or later.

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(2) Could a parasol be an effective solution for strictly daytime activities, such as going to the bank or post office? What about cloudy/overcast days? What percentage of vampires are nocturnal?

As a general rule, the more covering the better, so umbrellas and parasols will help. Cloudy days will be preferable to sunny ones, but they'd still want to have their skin covered.
As to how many of them are nocturnal, I haven't worked out the exact numbers but I'm pretty sure you could ballpark a reasonable guess by determining how many daytime jobs are available compared to nighttime ones. Vampires will usually be pretty happy to take night shifts, but sometimes there won't be any other choice but to take a daytime job, whether because there are no positions open or because the area just doesn't have nighttime jobs (as is common in small towns).

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I was randomly selecting nationalities, genders, occupations, etc for a group of characters, and by pure chance, one guy became a Japanese accountant. I've got more Asian and part-Asian characters, but I don't want people to think I'm doing the stereotype about Asians and mathematics.

If you have one Japanese accountant among several East Asian characters you aren't into math, you're fine! You'd only have to worry if this was the *only* prominent East Asian character in your story.

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OK, so there's this British kids show called Rastamouse about some mice that are Rastafarian (hence the name). Some people have called it racist by pointing out that it sort of makes it seem like all Jamaicans are Rastafarian and have taken issue with the characters using primitive grammar (like "me

wan" for "I want"). However, some people think that there shouldn't be any Jamaican characters at all because "we're not living in Jamaica". I personally don't see anything wrong with having characters be Jamaican, but I do agree that this show is a bit stereotypical. What do you think?
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I think your assessment seems fair. There's nothing wrong with portraying characters from different places, but using cartoonish stereotypes is inconsiderate and unhelpful.

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Do SoulMettle vampires have covens?

Small groups of vampires sometimes live together, though you won't usually have more than 3-5 of them. Larger numbers of vampires might keep in touch with each other, but it's not a particularly tightly knit association, let alone a formal one.
Although this might meet some people's definition of a 'coven,' most vampires would not use the term to define their own groups. The word "coven" was only applied to vampires in recent fiction (the Underworld franchise and Twilight), and although some vampires might watch or read those, most won't be inclined to adopt terminology from what is obviously fantasy. Additionally, many of them have at least some understanding that covens are a thing that witches do.
Those who live together would just probably refer to themselves as 'roommates' or 'flatmates' or something similar to that. Vampires who are friends will usually just refer to each other as "friends." A vampiric social network will probably be referred to as something like "some guys that I know."
There might be some individual vampire out there who is trying to make "coven" a thing, but it's not likely to catch on anytime soon, since most vampires have little interest in adopting habits from fantasy aimed at the young adult age group.

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I want to make one of my protagonists a non-Orthodox Jew. How do I do the necessary research?

Here's what you can do:
-Search Google/DuckDuckGo/your choice of search engine for information on what Reform Judaism is like. Spend at least a few hours looking at different sources.
-You might specifically search for "tips for writing Reform Jews"
-If you know any Reform Jews, you might ask them what they think.

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