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Is there ANY situation in which a catsuit would be practical, or at least feasible?

Yep! Here are a few:
1. Sexytimes.
2. Parties. There are some jumpsuits designed as party wear that look pretty catsuit-like.
3. Clubs. Some club wear is pretty much this.

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Is someone clingy if they get really nervous when someone they're dating is not replying as much as they used to or is talking to them differently compared to how they have always talked to them?

Feelings like that are perfectly normal in a new or new-ish relationship! Where it turns to clinginess is when the person tries to force or manipulate the other into paying lots of attention all the time, especially regardless of what the other person has going on, or sends a ridiculous amount of requests for attention (EG, texting every fifteen minutes or so).

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How do you write someone who's superstitious but not mean or crazy?

Things that come to mind are...
1. The person doesn't end up being a total pain the butt to others with the superstitions. Knocking on wood isn't too bothersome, but making somebody stand outside and spin around nine times before coming into the house could get on one's nerves fast.
2. I think for the second one, it would help to make sure that "superstitious" isn't /all/ that this character is. Here's one way to think about it: superstitions are often a part of culture, but they're only a /part/ of somebody's culture. Furthermore, people are more than their cultures. So you could have your character be superstitious about a few things that make sense per your character's culture, but you don't want your character to be superstitious about everything all the time. (Your character might even dismiss a few superstitious beliefs as ridiculous!)
So yeah, that's what I have for now. I hope it helps!

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What should I do if there's a show I like that everyone else hates?

1. Don't take it personally! Everyone has different tastes, and sometimes you're going to like something that doesn't appeal to the vast majority of people. That's okay!
2. Remember that you don't have to justify or defend your tastes to anyone. If people want to get mean about your tastes, you don't have to respond or counter them in any way.
3. You might blog about why you like this show! Someone might see it and decide to take a look at it.
I hope that helps!

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I think you receive lots of those but I would like to thank you for making such helpful content. Thanks, man!

Glad you find it helpful!

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Someone's RP character turned mine into a baby and I don't know how to turn her back. What's your advice?

Without more context, it's hard to really give anything too specific, but I'll try...
1. Did you talk to the player about turning her back yet, or discuss how she might turn back?
2. Any other characters who could undo it? Could you talk to them and see if there's anything they could do?
3. Did the player make this happen to your character without your consent? Then it's essentially godmodding. And while your character might not be dead, she's still been rendered incapable of meaningful interaction, which makes what this player did just about as bad as autokilling your character. If you didn't consent to this, then you're well within your rights to declare the other character's actions null and void.

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When running the Mary Sue test for a Tok'ra character, should I answer the questions for the symbiote and host at the same time, or should I run them separately since they have distinct personalities/backstories? (Also, I'm assuming that in this scenario glowey eyes don't count as a Mary Sue point.)

I'd say run them separately, since they're separate entities. And no, they wouldn't count, 'cause that's just a symbiote thing.

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Do you have any advice on realistically building up a very deep friendship between two characters who were strangers when the story started? I can write about female friendships well, but as I am not male I don't have good insight on how male friendships work.

Huh, I haven't really thought too far into how male bonding works vs. female bonding. I'd say there are a lot of similarities, though - they do things they both enjoy together, have adventures together, etc. They probably aren't going to talk about their sensitive and mushy secrets, since that's not usually a thing guys do quite as readily. That's what I've got for now.

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I always thought women could be stalkers, but someone on the Net said that all stalkers were male. Is that true?

Oh my stars and garters. ANYONE can potentially be a stalker. ANYONE. Here are a few resources I just scoured up on the subject of female stalkers:
https://nobullying.com/a-profile-of-men-and-women-stalkers/
http://jaapl.org/content/jaapl/31/2/211.full.pdf
https://www.rainn.org/pdf-files-and-other-documents/Public-Policy/Issues/WomenStalkingWomenatWork.pdf

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I have a tiny Elven village with a niche religion (it's only existed for a short time, and only the citizens of the village believe in it, but the town is very religious) would it make sense for the believers to have more or less the same ideas about the religion?

Yep, makes perfect sense in this context!

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Idk if you recieved the lastask so.. I have done your marysue test and read your recommendations about oc but as the story im doing is a crossover, many things that would count as points in that test dont really aply, yet i have to answer yes(like a unverse hopper). Somaybeyoucanaddacrossovoversecti

Glalo Laled
That's kind of tricky. The type of thing you're writing is one of those things that just tends not to pull together well. But if you've got your own reasons for doing this and thinking that it'll work out, go forth and do your thing!

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Have you considered a guide for writing sassy/smartass characters without making them unlikeable jerks? I could really use it now, I'm trying to write a very sassy and often sarcastic person but I want her to be likeable and not seen as some total b****.

You often say things like "relax", "slow down" and "empty your mind", but I, not meaning to be rude, but I despise slowness. What can I do instead?

You might walk around or dance, or you might twiddle around with some object or other, or you might contemplate the intricacies of a complicated picture. You might listen to sounds around you. You might drum pencils on a book. Things like that!

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In the article about writing well you mentioned glossaries that explain in-universe things to readers. The way I understood it you don't think they're a good idea. I have to disagree, because (even when reading) I find such things very convenient. Because even if the first time the thing or place is

Mika
shown/intoduced there's a description and explanation, if there are more than one or two such objects/places it's hard not to mix them up or simply forget the meaning a few chapters later. In this case it's much easier to check the glossary instead of looking for the page it appeared on before...
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Actually, I don't think they're a bad idea at all per se; having a quick reference can be very good in a lot of cases. However, I don't think it's a good idea to rely /solely/ on a glossary, especially not if you're writing a story.

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Hi there, I recently stumbled upon your Fantasy Prophecy Generator. I would like to turn that generator into a bot for Telegram (the messenger), so people can write it a text message and it responds with a random prophecy. (I would of course link to springhole.net). Would that be okay for you?

I'm afraid I'll have to decline.

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Does my character suffer from Rebellious Royal Syndrome if the reason she doesn't want to accept her position as heir to the throne is that she is afraid of the responsibility, and this is shown to be a great mistake that greatly affects the kingdom?

Nope! That all makes sense in context /and/ acknowledges that dodging responsibility is something that has actual consequences.

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how could I pull off a "actually, they didn't die" twist without being contrived? I have a character who falls into rapids and survives using her finesse and a little dumb luck, but I'm afraid she'd come off as contrived. the mc mourns her death for several chapters, since not-dead was a childhood

buddy and i think it might be even MORE contrived for "mc is depressed and almost loses the stamina to continue the quest but lmao she didn't drown"
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Did you see the article on contrivances? I think that should cover it well. In essence, it needs to be done in a way so that it makes sense in context and in retrospect once it's all explained. Even if it's unlikely, as long as it seems like something that /can/ happen, it should be all good.

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what fallacy would a "oh, you haven't read the whole book, your opinion that it was so bad that you put it down doesn't count" or "you say the food is terribad, but you've only eaten a few bites, give me a break!" argument constitute under?

If there's a proper name for that, I'm not sure what it is. But I do see many people making this kind of fallacy over many different things, so I sympathize!

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Is there a sympathetic way to write pranksters (the sort of people like Weasley twins) without making them bullies? I want to write a likeable prankster who uses the pranks as a way to relieve tension and cheer people up, but I know pranks are generally pretty cruel or inconsiderate.

I'd say it comes down to the pranksters knowing what their intended target/s will be able to laugh along with and knowing which lines they should not cross - and if they ever do accidentally cross a line, apologize for it. Also, they should absolutely avoid harming the target/s, or anything that the target/s genuinely care about.
It might also help to think in terms of what might make a funny gag or joke? For example, enchanting a stuffed animal to say silly things could be funny; enchanting the stuffed animal to explode when hugged would be pointlessly cruel.
I hope that helps!

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How do you feel about multiple endings? (I'm referring to Visual Novels specifically here, but you can include video games, movies, CYOA Novels, etc. if it'd be easier to answer)

I think they're great! In a straight-up video game, they add replay value. CYOAs and similar basically turn fiction into a game and make the reader into an active participant, rather than a passive observer. And multiple endings can even be used to explore how choices have consequences.

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How would you write Kaiju (giant monsters like Godzilla, Gamera, etc) related stories, especially in a RP? I have an idea of having people deal with trying to survive within a giant monster crisis. How would you make the monsters feel giant and their actions both heavy and dangerous to everyone?

Crow the BOOLET
Huh, I never really thought about this very much before. I imagine it might help to think about how they might impact the environment and what simply moving around would do. They'd probably have very heavy footsteps that everyone would hear and feel - it might seem something like an earthquake. Electricity, water, and waste management might be disrupted. And of course, lots of things might get flattened or knocked over.

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If I should stay away from the word "random", then how do I describe something that happens, well, randomly?

Sure that's true, but that's a pretty contrived example when the exact claim in question is that serious consideration needs to be done before turning somebody into a toad for a few minutes. If mental trauma is the main reason, I'd like to see some solid arguments for that expressed in the article.

I tweaked the article a bit to hopefully shed some light into that. In a nutshell, we know from numerous real-life cases that it doesn't necessarily much more than a few moments of being in a terrifying situation with no means escape to induce PTSD or PTSD-like symptoms, and being transformed against one's will absolutely meets this criteria.

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Your latest article mentions temporary transformations in the intro as being equally bad as the other things, but as far as I can tell, the ensuing points pretty much only apply to things that are permanent. Can you say anything about that?

Not all of these points apply to temporary transformations, but some of them certainly do. Even a temporary transformation has the potential to be very traumatizing (as your body is no longer under your control and is being forced to do something you don't want), and someone could definitely go and do something very harmful while temporarily turned into a massive monster or something.

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For Springhole, how about guides to writing children who go on adventures and get into danger?

That'd probably be a good addition. I'll consider it!

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