They’re filming the penultimate episode when Erasmus throws a huge, shining spanner into the neat mechanism of Laurent’s show.
This close to the end, the on-camera small talk is finally giving way to more serious discussions about compatibility. Damen is meant to spend this afternoon asking each suitor in turn where they see themselves in five years, and what they really want out of life.
Erasmus is first; he sits on the edge of the couch, set at an angle to the leather armchair where Damen is enthroned, and twists his hands together. He hasn’t looked this visibly nervous in a while. Damen has obviously noticed it too, because he bats a few sillier questions at Erasmus instead of plunging straight into the heavy topics. He has an instinct for people that makes Laurent wonder what kind of easily-swayed idiot Theomedes must be, not to see how wired Damen is for leadership.
When Damen poses the in-five-years question, Erasmus runs a tongue over his lips and colour fills his cheeks. He’s the only suitor who hasn’t yet kissed Damen at least once on camera, and Laurent approved of that on the basis that it maintained tension, but now would be a good time for a kiss if one is going to happen.
Laurent moves his eyes away from Damen’s mouth.
Erasmus says, still blushing, “This is hard to say. I think you’re incredible, Damen. Really. But–”
Are you trapped in this "realm" or can you leave whenever you want
Dying is difficult when you’re already dead, but we manage. Getting knocked out with a powerful move usually does it. That’s why most of us attack strangers in hope they’ll kill us! Oh, and don’t feel bad! Death is good for us!
This is the Project I’ve been working on for a while. Basically, it consists in me rewatching Chapters 1-4 and writing out every.single little plot detail that may or may not become relevant later on. It’s divided into Chapters to make it more readable. I’m doing this for Reference purposes, but I figured it may be useful for other people as well.
I may insert the ocasional note/comment, but otherwise this list will be completely objective. Feel free to add anything I may have missed.
HI! :-) Sorry to bother you. I was wondering if you have any tips for writing a character who, for the majority of the story is unknown, who works in the background but makes major changes to events - but they aren’t formally introduced to the reader until later in the story? (they're sort of meant to be a plot twist?) Thanks for your help~
You’re never a bother! :) Thanks for your question!
I think my most important advice to you is: even if your character is unknown and unseen, your readers must be constantly aware of their presence. The mind of a reader is trained to cut out excess information and focus on what’s important – so if something is out of sight, they’re going to put it out of mind. UNLESS it has a lasting effect on the story. That’s when your readers are going to take notice and think, “Wait, what the hell made that happen?”
That’s your main goal, then: to keep your readers aware and interested. But you have to strike the balance between awareness and understanding. The reader should always be wondering why odd things are happening but they shouldn’t be able to put the pieces together until the last
So how do you achieve this?
How to Build Up Mystery Characters
1. Give their actions rippling effects on the plot/characters.
Since your character is unknown and unseen, their actions must be stressed even more than most of the characters in plain sight. This doesn’t mean your characters should be thinking about the Mystery Man (or woman) all the time – but they can’t be a one-hit wonder either. They have to establish themselves. They, either as an identity or a series of odd occurrences, have to be a consistent theme through the story. You have to build them up into something, or else the Big Reveal will be diminished. And that’s the last thing you want with something as powerful as what you have.
2. Give their actions a theme/cue to tie them together.
So you got a character whose effects on the story are consistent and mysterious – but remember that the reader’s mind is resourceful. They can think of a million explanations for peculiar occurrences. If you want to build up a mystery character, then, their actions can’t be random or inconsistent – or readers will think of different explanations. For example: if Mystery Character were to murder the Prime Minister, and then leave a cute puppy at your main character’s doorstep, and then blackmail the U.S. President to legalize marijuana… well, that just doesn’t sound like one person doing all that. So give your character’s actions a common theme or motivation to help your reader follow along.
3. Give your readers the right amount of information.
And what constitutes as the “right amount”? Enough to keep them interested without letting them figure it out. It’s like playing with a cat: you swing the toy close to them, then back – then very close, then back further – then set it down so they think it’s not moving anymore – and then snap it back to life. Tease them. Give them enough information to think they know what’s going on. Misdirect – make them think that this Mystery Character is the main character’s very own Uncle Harry. Let them flounder in the Good Way, until that harrowing moment when they realize, oh sh*t, the creepy stalker is Jane’s hansome math professor, and he’s coming over to her apartment-
DON’T OPEN THE DOOR, JANE, DON’T OPEN-
And then Jane opens the door, and the professor – his name is Bradley but that doesn’t matter – is standing there, held at gunpoint by a scowling Uncle Harry.
Anyway, those are my tips for you! Thanks for asking, and be sure to hit me up again if you need anything :) Good luck!
Is there any way to make a plot twist in a way where it doesn't seem like it came out of nowhere? That's my biggest problem, people always tell me that my plot twists feel weird and unnatural.
There definitely is – foreshadow. Drop subtle but clear hints about what’s coming all throughout the novel, so that when your readers look back it will be clear that those hints indicated your plot twist.
As an example, I’ll use The Shining by Stephen King (one of my favorite books ever). *SPOILER ALERT!*
Danny Torrance, the protagonist, is a five-year-old with telepathic powers. He has a visitor (his parents call it his imaginary friend, but it’s not) named Tony who sometimes shows him things: Tony once showed him where to find a trunk containing his father’s manuscripts; Tony also shows him horrible things happening in the hotel in which his family will be spending the winter (up in the mountains of Colorado, so they’ll be snowed in). After Danny has a semi-catatonic episode, his parents take him for a medical checkup, just to be sure of his health before they’re snowed in for three months.
The pediatrician, of course, speaks to Danny during/after his checkup, and acts somewhat as a psychiatrist; he then speaks to his parents about his diagnosis (which is nothing serious – only stress). His opinion on Tony is that he was created to deal with hard times (moving, and Danny’s parents considering divorce), and Danny no longer needs Tony, because the family is rebounding; however, Tony isn’t leaving easily, hence the nightmares Danny complains of, and the fainting spell he had. Then the pediatrician says to Mr. and Mrs. Torrance something along the lines of “And of course, you know why he’s named Tony and not Michael or Greg”, and during my first time reading, I didn’t understand what he meant. After the plot twist, it clicked.
Also, it is mentioned that Danny was born with a caul over his face, which superstition says signifies a child gifted with the second sight (in other words, the child will be able to see the future). At the time, this – and what it implies – seems like a secondary detail. Again, at the plot twist it is clear that it actually means more.
The plot twist occurs during Tony’s last visit, which takes place during the novel’s climax. During his last powow with Danny, he comes closer, into Danny’s field of vision – Danny has never seen Tony’s face before, so this is a significant event. Tony looks just like Danny, but older – still young, but maybe 11 instead of 5. Then, in the prose, Stephen King writes Danny’s full name, middle name included, which doesn’t happen at any other place in the novel: his full name is Daniel Anthony Torrance, or in other terms, Danny “Tony” Torrance. The conclusion drawn from this is that Tony is actually Danny from the future, and that Danny has both telepathy and second sight.
This plot twist grows roots throughout the book: how Danny never sees Tony’s face, how Danny was born with something said to promise the second sight, the psychiatrist’s comment on Tony’s name. Basically, Stephen King lays everything on the table without giving us the one detail everything stems from – if it was drawn as a chart, all these small details would surround one big box in the middle, and until the plot twist, that big box would be blank. After the plot twist, that box would be filled in with TONY IS AN OLDER VERSION OF DANNY AND DANNY HAS PRECOGNITIVE VISIONS. That’s what you need to do: lay everything out for the reader except the actual plot twist itself.
I hope this was helpful! If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask! - @authors-haven
Hey there! Can you help me please? I am writing a novel about a witchy town in Louisiana, where supernatural creatures, witches across the world and human converge. I was wondering if you could help me with interesting dialogues. Thank you!
Hi, I’d be happy to help!
“Don’t practice magic around me! I died of magic!”
“Yeah, well, that’s not my problem. Now move, I was trying to practice my spellwork.”
“All these creatures around here make me nervous.”
A werewolf with circles under his eyes and messy hair stalked by, muttering, “Hey, watch who you call a creature.”
“That witches’ convention makes too much noise! Why can’t they meet later? Like around midnight?”
“Harvey, you’re only saying that because you’re a vampire. Just because you sleep during the day doesn’t mean everybody does.”
“Aren’t there any good places for a human to be normal around here?”
The demon grinned at him, showcasing long, sharp teeth. “Sure – in your dreams.”
Hope this helps! If you need anything else, don’t hesitate to ask! - @authors-haven
drive by but the "living in your family's basement" insult is honestly the whitest thing lmao sorry you grew up in a culture where everything's transactional and the family unit is somehow intended to break apart but my ace asian ass is side eyeing hard
Same in my culture the parents move in with their kids after they retire
I tried to read wolf guy but I rlly didn't like it? Idk there was so much rape in it it made me so uncomfortable and idk I feel like it was only for deepen Akira's Man Feelings and the overall plot was pretty meh
We all have, my friend, different tastes and preferences. While the rape scene was indeed a way too long (I’ve got all the volumes in Japanese and the scene starts in 7th volume and ends in 11th volume so…) otherwise I enjoyed Wolf Guy tremendously. I know such a dark story which contains such “easy” themes as kidnappings, mass murders, gang rape (also a rape towards a man), murders and partly also cannibalism because Haguro eats Akira’s cut off fingers in his twisted extacy isn’t really… how can I say it… eh… “general audience’s” thing.
I must say I don’t know how the original story from 1970′s is and I definitely need to read it someday and see how much the plot has been adjusted. Is the original plot as dark and twisted as the version I have read I wonder? I do know Haguro kidnaps Aoshika in the 1970′s version and she gets abused.
But, I have always loved dark, twisted stories which are well told (and well drawn). And Wolf Guy is definitely my kind of a series, hands down. I fell in love with it the first glance and I followed it from the very beginning when it started 10 years ago. Haguro is the best villain I have seen in any medium if you ask me haha.
I also love Oyasumi Punpun to death and Nozoki Ana is great, too! Oyasumi Punpun is a very heavy story, but still in a different way than Wolf Guy. It contains themes as domestic violence, mental health issues, hallucinations, murders, suicides, violence in relationships, child abuse, insane religious cults, cult suicides ect. Nozoki Ana it’s just an erotic story with very lovable main characters, but it has some twisted kinky elements.
You don’t have to like it. Absolutely not. Yet, no one’s dislike for something I love won’t make me love that thing any less or deem it as “bad”. I’m a way too old for such group pressure or need for validation to my likes and dislikes from others haha :’DD
I hope you have found some manga which you enjoy as much as I enjoy of Wolf Guy! Let me know if you have any recommendations; I’m honestly always open for suggestions as there’s zillions of different manga series and it’s easier if someone points out “I liked this, you should try it, too.”