starlightprism said:

Got any tips on how to write characters that have been living alone for a long time? Both solitary confinement and alone in the wilderness types of stuff will suffice.

Hello, I do have tips, but I also have questions about your question.

Characters, how old are they? how old were when they started to live alone in the wilderness or in solitary confinement?

Time, what does long time means for you? months? years?

I ask those questions because we, humans, are social animals. We need others not only to get basics needs, but also to keep our personal identity. Since our birth we are in contact with other people from different backgrounds, socioeconomic status, personalities, age, cultures, among others. Sociology and psychology have theorized about this, since we grow and live in societies in two different ways, social and personal (not mutually exclusive), as a result we develop a social identity and an individual identity.

This is a lot of information, I’ll try to be as clear and organized as possible.


Stages of Socialization

  1. Family
  2. School
  3. Peers
  4. Society

Here is a paper to help you understand this better: Socialization


Theory of Psychosocial Development

  1. Stage 1: Trust vs Mistrust
  2. Stage 2: Autonomy vs Shame and Doubt
  3. Stage 3: Initiative vs Guilt
  4. Stage 4: Industry vs Inferiority
  5. Stage 5: Identity vs Confusion
  6. Stage 6: Intimacy vs Isolation
  7. Stage 7: Generativity vs Stagnation
  8. Stage 8: Integrity vs Despair

This theory is from Erik Erikson, here’s a link: Erikson’s Theory of Psychosocial Development

Cognitive Development

  1. Sensorimotor Stage
  2. Preoperational Stage
  3. Concrete Operational Stage
  4. Formal Operational Stage

This is from Jean Piaget: Piaget’s Stages

Theory of Moral Development

  1. Level 1 Preconventional Morality: Stage 1 - Obedience and Punishment. Stage 2 - Individualism and Exchange
  2. Level 2 Conventional Morality: Stage 3 - Interpersonal Relationships. Stage 4 - Maintaining Social Order
  3. Level 3 Postconventional Morality: Stage 5 - Contract and Individual Rights. Stage 6 - Universal Principles

This theory is from Lawrence Kohlberg: Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development

Why do you need to know this? Because if your characters are alone in the wilderness or in solitary confinement since a young age and for a long time, all those stages will be affected.

Here are some examples

10 Modern Cases of Feral Children

"Blindfolded & bound": Israel puts more Palestinians kids in solitary confinement  (remember context)

Living in the Wilderness

After you’ve got the age of your characters, you need a purpose, especially if they’re teenagers or adults. Sometimes it can be discomfort with society, sometimes because they want to live alone, sometimes for spiritual fulfillment, sometimes because circumstances made it possible. You have to consider their resources and what they know about nature, if they carry something with them or have to figure it out how to live with things nature provides. And the place where they want to live is important as well, are your characters prepared for the wheater? are they going to live in a rainforest, somewhere near a beach, near a river, a mountain, desert? Something else, can they live there? who owns the land they want to live in, the government, is it a national park, native land? What happens with their houses, family, taxes, etc?

10 Modern Day Hermits

7 People Who Gave Up on Civilization to Live in the Wild

Is it Legal to Live in the Wilderness (doesn’t give any answer to the question but there are a lot of experiences)

Going Alone in Wilderness for Self-Renewal

The Walden Effect: Tracing the Myth of the Man Alone in the Wilderness (this one brings the question of why there are more men than women willing to live in the wilderness, the answer is very vague, if you can bring up an answer or some hit in your story give it a try)

Realities of Going Primitive (careful with the terms primitive, native, “Indian”, and civilization)

Solitary Confinement

Unlike living alone in the wilderness, solitary confinement goes against the person’s will. This is related to imprisonment, kidnapping and war crimes, is also meant to inflict some kind of damage in the person’s mental and physical health.

What Solitary Confinement Does to the Brain

What Does Solitary Confinement Do to your Mind?

Taking the Solitary Confinement Debate Out of Isolation (this one is about prisoners with mental illness in solitary confinement)

Solitary Confinement Facts

The following links are about children and youth in solitary confinement

The Psychological Effects of Solitary Confinement

Growing Up Locked Down - Youth in Solitary Confinement in Jails and Prisons Across the United States

Should Children Be in Solitary Confinement?


As said before, humans are social animals, our identity is made, among other things, by our experiences, memories, and our surroundings. I’m not this, I am that, I like this, I dislike that. The way we see ourselves is part conditioned by our relationships with our environment. So, what happens when there’s no one around to valide us, to makes us believe that we are what we think we are or what we aren’t?


Solitary Confinement doesn’t involve just your interactions with other people, but also involves your brain and external stimulus. As long as there are things for your brain to keep it working it will work.

What Extreme Isolation Does to Your Mind

Sensory Deprivation Can Produce Hallucinations in Only 15 Minutes

How Extreme Isolation Warps the Mind


Always remember context, especially for solitary confinement. Why there are people being imprisoned? And why solitary confinement is being used.

Final Considerations

The age of your character is one of the most important things when they were imprisoned or decided to live in the wilderness, or were left abandoned, or escaped, or got lost.

If they were imprisoned, what was the reason? why are they still in solitary confinement? Show us the process they’ve been through (you will need more research), are they still the same? if they are free now, how do they live? where do they live? how do they react to sensory stimulus? Is it a prison or another 

If they’ve been living in the wilderness, how do they live? why they left their homes? is someone looking for them? Do they still have some kind of contact with people?

There’s still the debate about nature/nurture. Are we a product of our genes and our environment or does one of them has more impact in our life? The way we are is because the way we were raised or because we have that written in our genes? When writing characters living in the wilderness for a long time and since their youngest youth you can explore this in your story.

I think I forgot Freud and his theory of development. But I think you got the general idea of the things you have to keep in mind.

Hope this can help you.


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IF YOU WANTED TO BE ENLIGHTENED, YOU’D BE THAT ALREADY. YOU DON’T NEED TO MAKE A POST TO INSULT EVERY ASEXUAL AND THEN TELL THEM TO DEFEND THEMSELVES TO YOU! You are not that special. There are plenty of you who do this every day, and you’re not bringing up any stunning new revelations about us that we haven’t proven wrong a thousand times already.

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Okay, so in traditional lore, Metatron is the angel of Thursday. In an attempt to keep with classic lore, my headcanon is that when Metatron left Heaven, they had to find someone to fill in his duties.

Castiel was the one selected, probably by Michael himself.

That’s why no one has really heard of Castiel before. All the lore was established before Metatron left so no one had any reason to believe that it changed.

anonymous said:

Hiya! I am writing a series that has a teenaged British Indian girl as the main character. In my story, she's from a wealthy, primarily-white London suburb and gone to a primarily-white school and has never met another Indian she wasn't related to until she changes schools at 14. My research about being Indian in the UK has shown that there are communities of Indians pretty much everywhere, so I'm worried that this would come off as being unrealistic. Can this happen in the UK?

Indian Population in Britain

Granted I am not from Britain (neither are any of the other mods) so I am not sure what the Indian population is like there. From what I’ve heard though, there’s Indian people everywhere, yeah.

I want to put this out to any followers we may have from Britain though. Feel free to send us your input on this guys!

-Mod Satvika

If her particular suburb and school doesn’t have any Indian people and she doesn’t get out of her town much, it might be more realistic. I mean, there could be another Indian family in the next neighborhood but if she never travels that way and/or if no children in the family attend her school, it’d make sense if they never crossed paths. 

Maybe she has encountered other Indian people but didn’t really pay close attention to them, was never close enough or merely never stopped and talked to them.

But as Satvika mentioned, we couldn’t tell you exactly how plausible it’d be. Perhaps check out some census reports, though, to get a better feel of what would be most realistic.

~Mod Colette

What makes Stanley different?

 You know, the way most people headcanon Stanley is that he’s basically an older Dipper, but he’s gotta be different in some aspects.

 I don’t know, what do you guys think? How is he different from Dipper?


@digi-wears-goggles: I like the idea of Boxing!Stanley (right hook?). Also, he probably is more healthy than Dipper. Then again, Dipper probably runs on like 10 minutes of sleep and 20 cans of Pitt Cola every day, so that’s not hard to achieve, lol.

@vegalocity: Probably more confident, yes. I also love the idea of verbal-ass-whooping Stanley and the eerily calm part.

(( Good morning. So, apparently, coffee baristas have to at least be able to describe coffees to customers to help them make decisions. I have never had coffee in my life. Also apparently, people in training have to taste every drink they sell.

Also also, being a barista seems like the most thankless job in the world.

I’ll.. be here, trying to calm nerves, but who knows how much that’ll mean. ))

deztora replied to your post: NOT ONLY IS HONEY NOT ORIGINALLY A VOC…

Don’t feel too bad, there’s still people who consider “Honey” to be Meiko’s best song. :T Every time I see it in a list of vocaloid songs, I cringe…

I think it’s partly because there’s this horrible void of early-era vocaloid songs where the enormously popular youtube reuploads had no credit given whatsoever, so all relevant knowledge is lost to time and nico nico

and then also partly because there’s another void where every fandom member at some point thought vocaloid songs just spawned out of the youtube nether and didn’t think to check any background information at all

I recently fucked myself up even worse when I found out that I Like You, I Love You, which is rite of passage levels of vocaloid videos, is actually a remix of a completely different vocaloid song that I’d never heard in my entire life