Do you ever have scenes with 6+ people and you can’t seem to
juggle them all? Or do you ever want to get 2-3 characters in a scene together
for some quality relationship development, but that means sending the other
I’ve compiled a list of “off-screen” things your character
can be doing, for any time you need them to be temporarily somewhere else. With
this list comes with a few caveats:
If you find yourself always sending the same character somewhere else to a point where that
character never actually gets much page time, are you sure you actually need
that character in your novel? Don’t use this an excuse to keep deadweight
characters that are 100% unnecessary to your plot, but your heart can’t bear to
cut. Either draw them back into the plot as a necessary element, or get rid of
This is only for temporarily getting rid of someone—meaning for a short amount of
time, and infrequently. It starts to feel weird if your character always
happens to be taking their nap when something happens, and if you’re not
careful, it’ll come off as lazy writing. Use this kind of thing sparingly.
Sometimes, you’ll need to have a result to their
temporary absence. For example, if you say they’re off spying on the bad guy,
occasionally they need to come back with a tidbit of info. Not all of their
missions will be a success, but again, it’ll start to feel fake if there’s no
point to the spying.
And now to the list! There are two sections to it, depending
on if your character to be doing something actively plot-related and useful
while they’re away, or if you want them to stay uninvolved. Both have their
uses depending on the situation.
Captured by the enemy
Fighting in a different area
Guarding a captured enemy
Protecting someone in potential danger
Researching the problem
Training to fight
Watching someone suspicious
With another character (off-screen relationship building)
Doing a hobby
Hunting for food
Injured/sick/in the hospital
Out of the loop (no one told them about the
The passive list could be incredibly longer, but I tried to
list enough for you to get the idea. Whatever you pick, make sure it makes sense
in your plot and setting, and like I warned before, don’t use this as an excuse to hold onto deadweight characters.
Working this kind of downtime into your novel isn’t bad,
since it can take up the necessary but boring actions that your story needs.
Someone learning how to fight, for example, won’t learn everything in a week.
By occasionally putting them “off-screen” to train, you’re further convincing
us that he or she has trained enough to pull off a future scene where they hold
their own in battle. It’ll also give a sense that other characters are working
in the background and getting things done, even if your protagonist or narrator
isn’t always there to see it, which is realistic, of course. It’s not like
everyone else freezes in place the moment your protag isn’t around.
*Antonyms of Slytherin*
I’m about to disprove every single one of these so make a cup of tea and get ready.
You can’t just dismiss ¼ of wizards and witched as ‘unfriendly’ simply because of a stereotype. Since when did being ambitious and being friendly become mutually exclusive? Yes, there are some Slytherins who are particular assholes, but what about other houses? You’re saying that in Gryffindor, a house that values bravery and all around cockiness people were always friendly? As well as that, the house that is known for valuing kindness is Hufflepuff. Are you saying that Hufflepuff and Slytherin are opposites? Yes, the people who make up those houses have very different personalities, but as always, there is some overlay, or Slytherpuffs would not exist. For example, Narcissa Black was almost sorted into Hufflepuff because of her fierce loyalty towards her family. Kindness is a basic human emotion, missing only in the mind of psychopaths, which is not the word I would use to describe Regulus, Slughorn, and the great Merlin himself.
So practically ¾ of Hogwarts hates Slytherin and believes them to be heartless monsters, but it surprises you that they don’t seem open? Okay, Slytherins tend to hide their emotions from most people, but within a Slytherin’s small group of friends they will not hesitate to tell them everything, because unlike some other houses, a secret stays a secret. This is one of the words I could potentially agree with as I have found myself closing off from other people when I do not want to burden them, but my best friend knows everything about me as we keep no secrets from each other, something former members from the Gryffindor house (dumbledore) could not say, having kept a certain boy-who-lived’s inescapable early death from him for more than 7 years.
Yeah, okay I can see where the author of this is coming from with this one
Okay we need to stop using common traits of Hufflepuff as antonyms for Slytherin! If there is one thing Slytherins are not accepting of then it’s bigoted behavior because “everyone else may think we’re evil but we will not sink to meet their expectations.”
Just because Slytherins will not pour their heart out to anyone who knows them doesn’t mean they are soulless. Slytherins may act distant from the other houses, but why would they have any reason to share their feelings with anyone who thinks that they are evil? We always know what to say to our closest friends, and have such big hearts for those willing to put in effort to try and find out.
Okay so Slytherins may not be the most mellow, but like hell any non-slytherins would know, because if anything, we are good appearing calm and collected, but simmering with rage and hatred beneath the surface. Also, just because we fight fight for what we want instead of just waiting for the opportunity to fall into our lap doesn’t mean we’re hotheads.
Slytherin’s may voice their opinion when they think something is wrong, because someone needs to speak out, however only if we think it will give any impact, or benefit. If someone acting really homophobic, of course we will tell them to sit the fuck down and rethink their priorities, but if you do so every day, it will lose its effect. We pick and choose our battles.
Laid-back is definitely something that comes with age. If you look at the first year Slytherins, then yes, you could say that they are not at all laid back, stressing until 2am about a homework due the next day. However as they get older, the fucks being given get less and less, until eventually they have perfected the art of needing a constant base layer of stress to function, and can therefore relax and not think about their fast-approaching essay due date until the night before, whereas a hufflepuff is running up and down the library halls with stress. You see, every house procrastinates, but it takes talent to be able to relax while putting off work.
This is the last one, and I believe the worst. Yes, may protect their emotions, but that doesn’t mean we are not kind. it is about time that people stop predicting our entire personality on Severus Snape, a guy most Slytherins didn’t even like, just pretended to because duh, extra credit. Please stop dismissing us as unkind, just because we have a slightly cruel (but admittedly hilarious) sense of humor, or occasionally enjoy intimidating people. Everyone knows this can be fun, we’re just the only house to admit it. These small things aside, just because we are not kind to you, does not mean we are without kindness, it just means we didn’t think you were worth being kind too, especially if you come up with this sort of bullshit list and all of your prejudices.
I haven’t slept in 2 days so excuse my cheesiness and incoherence, but - I had never seen harry so up close before yesterday. we’re talking centimetres in some cases to no more than a couple of metres in others (!!!!!!!). when I got into the studio and realised how close he would be I thought I would freak out once he came out, but then he did and for those 4 hours the feeling I got is that I had seen him a million times before. he has this quality about him. he makes you feel as if you’ve known him your entire life, and as if that person on stage is nothing but a close friend chasing his dreams who you are very proud and fond of. I had felt similarly at the garage gig back in may, but I guess yesterday’s intimate venue and relaxed general mood hightened it 10000x. he was so, so charming. laughing and interacting with everybody - he made it feel like a gathering of friends rather than a tv special to be aired on national tv. what the people that get to meet and work with him say is true: he has a star quality about him, and you FEEL how very special he is, but you also feel as if you could easily text him ‘ice cream?’ 5 minutes later and he would reply 'yes, see you in 10’ as if it were a common occurrence.
this probably doesn’t make much sense, but I don’t know if and how his magic will translate in the edited version of the show so I wanted to write it here in case it won’t. ❤️
Rocky Road Ship: Jungkook | Reader Description: After dumping your all too vanilla ex, you want to go back to your fuck buddy, who added a bit more flavor to your sex life. Warning: Dom!Kook, Slapping, Spanking, Exhibitionism, Blowjob, Degrading Names, Master Kink, Hair Pulling, Choking, Intercourse Word Count: 5,378 A/N: It’s 3:31 and I’m going to die. But I’ve been really craving dom!Kook and this idea seemed too good to pass up. Enjoy!
I’ve been sitting on some of these for a while from contemplating different fic ideas, so here ya go:
·Mylene is vegan, and Ivan’s diet is mostly meat. They never fight about it, surprisingly.
·Alix secretly really likes rom-coms, but if you
ever tell anyone, she’ll punch you
·Sometimes Kim makes Max sit on his back while he
does push-ups to increase his resistance
·Nathaniel sometimes doodles on himself and
designs tattoos when he gets bored
·Juleka loves horror movies, and Rose only puts up
with them because it gives her an excuse to hold Juleka’s hand when she gets
· Everyone lowkey wants to be Marinette’s parents when they grow up
· Nino is everyone’s big brother, and they come to
him with their problems, and he helps them sort through them.
·Sabrina and Chloe cosplay at a conventions, and their costumes are always super high-quality and accurate because
Chloe has them hand-crafted by top designers.
·Marinette brings people treats from the bakery
when it’s their birthday as well as a hand-made gift.
·One day, Nath and Alix are talking about some
anime, and Adrien gets really excited and blows them away with how many fan
theories he has, like seriously, how do you have time to come up with all of
·Marinette is obsessed with other people’s pets
because she could never have one because her they live in the bakery and they
can’t have an animal there, so she always cuddles other people’s pets way too
·Alix is a poor swimmer and has to wear floaties if
she wants to go in the deep end
·Mylene can’t swim at all
·Chloe can swim, but she doesn’t like to get wet
(it ruins her makeup and hair), so she just floats on a ridiculously over-sized
raft like the queen she is
·Alya is like super fit from chasing superheroes
around all the time to get footage for her blog
· Ivan gets really emotional when you show him
pictures of baby otters
·Despite being clumsy, Marinette’s a really good
·But not as good as Adrien, like that kid has
moves no one expected
·Chloe and Adrien are secretly/not-so-secretly
weeabo trash. They’ve seen every episode of Naruto, and most of their childhood
arguments were over what their ninja powers would be
· Mme. Bustier needs at least half a bottle of
wine after each school day to cope with her students all randomly turning into
supervillains every day.