11 6 / 2014
"First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice."
29 5 / 2014
Anonymous said: Hello! So I am absolutely terrible at arguing, but my OC is not supposed to be. He is way more persuasive and clever than I am, and he can easily win a debate, so how can I RP someone who is far above my level? I'm afraid of writing weak arguments that will make him look stupid.
It’s actually really easy to be good at arguments and debates, especially if you’re in an rp setting and can make shit up. :D Here are some personal tips from me on how to construct an argument. Remember the PEA! Point, evidence, analysis. Before constructing any argument, try to know what your point is. Try to write a topic sentence, as concise as possible, like “The Avengers will kick the X-Men ass in a battle located in New York City”. Evidence! Try to have at least three pieces of evidence possible in order to back up your point, and always analyze this evidence afterwards. “Because The Avengers have Captain America” Evidence! “Who really has a nice ass and no one can beat his ass cause he has the best one, duh!” Analysis! “Because Wolverine will totally help the Avengers. As seen in graphic novel blah blah blah, Wolverine’s loyalty lies with the Avengers and not with the X-Men.” That’s basically how I would do it in any sort of essay writing slash pseudo debate scenario.
Here are some links to help you with constructing arguments:
- Constructing a Logical Argument
- 5 Ways to Win a Debate
- The Best Way to Win an argument
- Quick tips to winning debates
- Debate tips and tricks
- Top 10 tips on winning an argument
- How to win Arguments
- How to win every argument
- How to win an argument
Depending on how you want to play your character, there are a lot of ways to be persuasive. Your character can be more intellectual, coming up with good points to persuade someone to do good. Or, your character can be cunning and achieve it through subtle psychological hints and body language. For example, if you’re drinking with someone, every time that person laugh, by taking a drink you can make them associate the happy and free feeling of being drunk with you. So they naturally listen to you more. Obviously, that’s really sneaky, so it’s up to your character traits on whether that would be included. All persuasive characters have one thing in common and that’s confidence. So as the writer, you have to be confident in what your character’s motivations are. Be sure that you know why your character is persuading someone to do as such. Is it because they always want to be right? Or, is it because they are more manipulative?
Here are some links to help:
- Manipulation character tips
- The 21 principles of persuasion
- How to be persuasive
- Principles of persuasion
- How to speak with persuasively
- How to be persuasive and not get persuaded
And for playing someone more clever than you are, google helps. Really. I’m currently playing an electrical engineer and I have no idea how to even begin. But it’s always about the research. When a specific topic comes up like, building a tiny robot camera, I google how to build a robot camera. It’s legitimately all I do for every character. When I roleplay Hawkeye, I think I had thirty tabs open at one point telling me how to shoot an arrow and how to calculate wind direction affecting said arrow. So you know, bullshit a little bit, and google a little bit. Throw really long words at your roleplayer and it’s all good.
Here are some links:
- Kgillsrpc’ writing a witty character
- writing-questions-answered’s how to write a smart character
- Forum: how to create a smart character when you yourself aren’t smart
- How to write characters that are smarter than you are
Hope that helps!
07 5 / 2014
"Treat all of your secondary characters like they think the book is about them."
06 5 / 2014
"You have to know human behaviour … And the quality of your writing is absolutely capped at your understanding of human behaviour. You’ll never write above what you know about people."
17 4 / 2014
"Writing is hard work. A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time. Remember this in moments of despair. If you find that writing is hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things that people do."
09 4 / 2014
i can’t make the words do the thing
the most perfect description of writers block.
02 4 / 2014
The HIMYM finale taught me an important lesson as a writer
Endings are sometimes what I write first, they’re often the easiest part to write
But stories grow, evolve, and change, especially if you have complex, “living” characters that are growing and changing too, and sometimes an ending isn’t going to fit with the way things happen
The solution is to rewrite the ending, not try to shoehorn it in just because you wrote the ending first
Thanks for that, I guess.