You know those characters that are constantly referred to so smart or so capable or so sensitive (etc. etc.) by other characters or in the narration? And every time it comes up you find yourself shaking your head or rolling your eyes because the character in question either is as bland as boiled potatoes or constantly acts in ways that contradict those claims without explanation?
That’s what is commonly called an “informed trait”. You’re told the character is a certain way (or has a certain ability), but there is more or less nothing in the text to back that up.
It goes the other way around, too, with informed flaws that are supposed to make a character more relatable or interesting - think almost every romantic comedy leading lady who is supposedly “shy” and “clumsy”, but in a cute, endearing way that only ever comes up when the plot asks for it.
It’s frustrating, distracting, incredibly dull and at times downright insulting to the reader to encounter a story where one or more characters have a bad case of this, but unfortunately, it’s a pretty common weakness even in otherwise strong, well-written stories with interesting and complex character concepts.
Since characters and how the reader feels about them (whether they are supposed to relate to them, look up to them or feel repulsed by them) can really make or break a story, informed traits are an easy trap to fall into and many a writer’s Achilles heel.
So, how to avoid them?
This is where the trusty old “Show, don’t tell” comes in. You have most likely been told before that it’s usually better to go for subtlety and leave something to the reader’s imagination than to spell it out, and that is true.
It’s challenging to imply something without outright saying it. You have to get creative with the details you want to put into your story to get a point across by relying on your audience’s ability to read between the lines, and while it’s absolutely worth it to go the extra mile, you also run the risk of making your narrative too stilted and contrived instead.
However, there is a fairly simple trick to make your characterization feel more natural and insert it into the story smoothly:
Stop thinking of your characters as possessing certain traits and start thinking of their personalities as a collection of habits, preferences and specific abilities.
It might not sound like that big of a difference, but it will make translating your character traits into text much, much easier and save you a lot of trouble while editing.
A “smart” character
This can mean a lot of things. You could have a character who is booksmart, learns quickly, reads a lot, can retain information easily and access it when needed, but has trouble applying theoretical knowledge in real life, someone who entertains their friends by telling them about weird facts and trivia, someone who can still recite poems they had to learn by heart when they were ten, someone with a tendency to talk in such complex run-on sentences they frequently forget what they were talking about half-way through. Or you could have a character who is good at problem-solving instead, who likes puzzles and riddles, who gleefully obsesses over odd problems to find even odder solutions, but thinks so far out of the box in order to remain engaged in their current task they often miss the forest for the trees.
A “brave” character
Try to instead make a character who can never resist a challenge, who is a thrill-seeker and went bungee jumping about a dozen times already, who enjoys dragging their friends on the most dangerous looking rides in an amusement park and endlessly teases them about how pale they went afterwards. Make someone who simply cannot stand by when they see someone else get bullied, someone with a collection of scars they wear proudly and a story to tell about each one.
A “shy” character
Forget about characters who blush prettily when spoken to and that’s it. Instead, write about a character who can’t make eye contact without forcing themselves to, who stumbles over their own words when talking to strangers, who is afraid of wearing bright colours because it might draw attention to them, someone who is humble and polite, but distant and comes across as cold or uncaring because they have tendency to hide their insecurity by retreating into themselves, even though seeming rude is the last thing on their mind.
Insert these habits into the story wherever they fit best. Be consistent in the portrayal of your character’s behaviour, even as character development kicks in. Adjust deliberately, but reasonably. After all, old habits die hard, so having your character break with one, however minor, can be a powerful moment with just as much emotional resonance as a flashy, dramatic scene meant to convey the same sentiment, and any “big” scenes will likely feel more organic if the reader has already seen traces of the necessary character changes before.
I’m finally on summer holiday and I had time to continue this drawing of Thomas and his friends Joan, Talyn, Valerie and Terrence from the Making Some Changes video! 💚 I’m really happy with how it is turning out, though it still needs colouring!
I love Thomas and all of his friends so much for making me smile every day and for helping me through a really hard time in my life. 💚 They are all so cute, talented, funny and amazing! 😍💚💚
Over the last few semesters, I developed my own system of revising for exams. I’m a visual learner and writing things down in an organised way helps me loads. I posted pictures of my exam notes several times before (here, here, here, here) and I use this format for basically every class that requires an exam instead of an essay - so far: calculus 1, real analysis, maths education, english literature, and teaching german as a second language. Many people really liked this format, so here’s a step-by-step guide on how I do it!
blank A4 paper
one sheet of A4 grid paper
a black gel pen by Kyocera (you can use any pen, but it should have a somewhat fine tip and should dry easily)
Stabilo fine liners point88 (one or two matching colours per class)
a set square (imo that works better than a ruler)
a Faber-Castell 0.7 Grip 1347 pencil in 2B (you can use any pencil you like, but it should be HB or 2B because you need to erase it later)
lecture notes/slides, class notes, homework, basically any info that is necessary for the exam
Place the grid paper underneath the blank one. Make sure it doesn’t move when you write (if necessary, use paperclips to hold it in place).
Draw margins and aid lines (in pencil - you’ll erase these later). Measure them out so they’ll be the same on every sheet. I usually do approximately 1cm margins left, right, and bottom, 2.5cm margin at the top for title and subheading, and three columns: left one with a width of 6cm, middle one with 5cm, right one with 6cm and 0.5cm blank space between them. (The grid paper underneath will help.) You can also only make two columns - four columns is gonna be very hard though because that won’t leave you with much space.
Every time you have a list, bullet points, step-by-step guides etc, indent the bullets by another 0.5cm (draw another aid line for this). If you have sub-bullets, indent them another 0.5cm and so on.
I use colours for bullet points (the actual points /arrows /numbers/ whatever), important names, something that I’m defining, subheadings, and important dates.
Start writing your notes. Make them as condensed as you possibly can without leaving important points out. I try to go for one A4 page per lecture (aka around 28 powerpoint slides or more on one page), but sometimes I’ll also end up with two.
Use abbreviations for words you use a lot, e.g. “+” for “and”, “p.” for “problem”, “str.” for “strategies”, “lit.” for “literature” etc.
You can absolutely include important diagrams/graphs etc. Either print them out in the size you need or draw them by hand and in the colours you need. If it doesn’t fit in one column, spread it out over two columns and continue the separated columns underneath/above.
Make your bullet points mean something. Use numbers, arrows, flags, lowercase letters, uppercase letters, dots - each can have a different meaning. Are you writing something where the order is important (numbers)? Are you giving examples (dots)? Are you mentioning separate important key points (flags)?
I wrote my last summary page for maths education today and stopped the time - I needed 50 minutes for one lecture with 27 slides (new material because I hadn’t been there), including a small chocolate break.
4. Final Touches
Check if the ink has dried. Check again.
Carefully erase the pencil aid lines with a good eraser. make sure you don’t wrinkle the paper (unless you don’t care about that sort of stuff haha)
If you want to, you can highlight key words (or whatever you like).
Number your pages if you’ll write several. I always write down the number of the lecture (session 1, session 2 etc) in the subheading.
Optional, but I do it: Make a copy of your sheet that you carry around with you. Nothing is as frustrating as spilling coffee over your revision sheets. Put the original in a plastic sleeve and keep it in a folder or binder somewhere, and study/revise only with the copy. Especially useful if you have others quizzing you with your summaries and they don’t care if they rip/wrinkle/ruin them lmao
I hope this was somewhat informative! You can tweak it of course, depending on what class you have and what will be on the exam. I hope you’re having a nice weekend! :)
i’ve been sitting on this question for a very long time because it was so hard to answer! the voltron team are a very military-organised squad in contrast to the quantic team’s (i assume) more lax, untrained, ragtag style, so it’s been a challenge trying to figure out how to fit them into more organised roles.
allegra pilots black lion, which was the hardest choice to make between her and bridgette, but she seems separate enough from the rest of the kids (i.e. the bro duo of claude and allan/the potentially-romantic duo of felix and bri) to command everyone’s respect; as well as reserved, sensible and capable enough to manage a team when working together without argument is essential.
felix pilots red lion, a role which prides itself on instinct over skill in its handling of the fastest and most temperamental of the lions. despite being sharp-edged and self-isolated from the rest of the team, felix is highly capable and vital to the group dynamic as well as being a strong second-in-command (although it’s unlikely anyone else will listen to him).
claude pilots green lion; translating his shadow powers into its strengths of creativity and stealth. claude is the go-to paladin for creative problem-solving and enemy evasion during battle, making him their strongest team member on the defensive. while he scraps with felix more often than not, their positions in the arms allow for a degree of instability impossible to maintain between any other lions.
bridgette pilots blue lion, often considered the heart of voltron for its benevolence. bri is the most emotionally open team member and the friendliest towards new faces - and while she could also make a strong leader in black lion, blue lions allows her space to embrace her softer side.
last but not least, allan pilots yellow lion - voltron’s loyal powerhouse. allan is gentle and compassionate among his friends while being a heavy hitter in battle in order to protect them. next to bridgette, allan helps to hold up the rest of the team as the sturdy legs of voltron and seals everyone together.
i tried to be as creative as possible with these while also avoiding slapping any of the quantic kids in a colour already familiar to them! i hope my choices come across well, please let me know what you think!! ヽ(･ω･ゞ)
(A/N): This could technically be considered a continuation of ‘Oh my God’ but whatever
Can I request 58. “My clothes look good on you.” with Jacksepticeye and the German reader from my last request? Maybe after they’ve spent their first night together? Thanks in advance!
58. My clothes look good on you.
( the whole prompt list is somewhere on my page… )
Warnings: Sexual reference ??
Gold sunlight lazily spilled through your drawn curtains, smearing over your peaceful face.
Your nose twitched in reply.
Stirring awake quietly, you opened both eyes in a heavy haze; automatically feeling a warmth on your left. Directing your jaw to look, your gaze came into sudden contact with a mess of faded green.
Sighing inwardly, you smiled at your wandering thoughts. Lost looking at your wonderful boyfriend. Though your hand felt a pulling want to caress this hair, you shied away from doing so. You had no desire to wake him quite yet.
So instead you slipped around slowly and faced the opposite direction.
He felt it, and came alive himself; only barely though.
“Morning..” Jack grumbled, confusion hitting him hard for a moment. He registered the fact you both were lying in your room, and not his own.
“Good afternoon, lover boy.” you smiled.
Your hand went to the corner of the cream coloured duvet, about to toss it off of you so you could get up.
“What are you doing?” Jack pondered, his accent thicker than normal in his hazed position.
“Getting dressed and stuff.” you laughed “Has to happen at some point. Du bist ein erwachsen.”
You threw your legs over the side of the bed, and was about to push yourself up when Jack’s arms reeled you back in. Pulling your back tight to his chest.
“I don’t think so.” he scoffed.
You chuckled quietly and patted his arm “Okay, I know, but we have to-”
“Nope. You can stay here.”
You went to get up again, but his arms just tightened.
He blew into your ear jokingly and you giggled, causing him to laugh as well.
“Here’s a deal. I have a shower, you make the bed, and we spend the day binging movies and make a video later?” you bargained, putting your head back to look up at him.
Jack let out a soft groan and pretended to think before saying “Alright, deal.” and he kissed your forehead.
You smiled and struck yourself upwards once he let go. You twisted around in a stretch and yawned; quickly covering your mouth.
Trotting to the bathroom door, you turned back around when you heard Jack call your name. You tilted your head at him in question.
“My clothes look good on you.”
You didn’t understand at first, until you noticed Jack was shirtless. Then everything from last night came flooding back, and your face was dusted a pretty shade of powder pink.
(A/n): I love writing for youtubers gosh dang. Plus this one was cute too
Describe the foxes' hands pls :) im trying to draw them but i dont have any imagination :/
oh my god
kevin: artist’s hands, with long deft fingers. really nice nails that look like he has manicures even though he doesn’t (well, maybe sometimes). his left hand swells when he works hard (so, every day, pretty much) but the bones set surprisingly straight considering they were never properly treated. he makes fists of them when he’s nervous. there’s a blog dedicated to his sexy man hands and all the kevin day fans share them everywhere
dan: TEENY LITTLE HANDS with broad palms and quite short fingers. strong-looking, calloused across the base of the her centre three fingers. she paints her nails in bright colours (like orange!!! but also yellow and pastel pink and neon green) and moisturises with lemon-scented creme that allison buys her each birthday and christmas. loves to wear pretty rings, anything from fine plain metal to big chunky statement ones
matt: GIANT HANDS which means there’s a pic on the wall of dan holding her hand up against matt’s to compare (from before they started dating. they’re actually about to arm wrestle). thick-knuckled from boxing. shares dan’s moisturiser, so his hands smell citrusy too
renee: small hands with neatly trimmed nails that she doesn’t often paint unless they’re all doing them together. wears cute gloves all through winter because they get cold. red-silvery ropes of scarring in the meat of her palm where she once grabbed a blade aimed at her belly, to match the tracery on her knuckles where she was cut once or twice. they ache sometimes in bad weather, and swell in the heat, and she often clenches and relaxes them to ease stiffness. they’re helper’s hands, made to work as well as fight, and more soft and generous than they look like they should be
aaron: workmanlike square hands with bitten nails and major tan line from his watch on his left wrist. they get cold easily but he never buys gloves so he often shoves them in his pockets and hunches his shoulders. has a crooked finger where he hit someone once (they deserved it) and it never healed right, but it doesn’t bother him much (except that he looks at it sometimes and thinks vaguely about becoming a doctor because everyone - even bratty poor kids - deserves proper medical care)
allison: the kind of hands you see modelling rings - long fingers, slim lovely wrists, perfect nails in shell pink and iridescent silver and shimmering gold. she pays for manicures and moisturises obsessively. doesn’t mean she doesn’t have calluses, though - and she’s proud of them. these hands are beautiful, but they’re still as likely to make you lose a tooth as the hands of the other foxes
nicky: big mobile hands that are always on the move. the kind where you can make out every well-shaped bone and tendon moving under his skin, no marks to obscure them. he’s lazy about moisturising ever so they’re always super dry and also really warm. he always briskly chafes them over the hands or shoulders of anyone who complains about being cold. catch him holding hands with any and all of his teammates to keep their fingers warm
andrew: broad palms, thick fingers; strong like the rest of him. scarred knuckles like tiny white starbursts where he’s punched things he shouldn’t - walls, mirrors, windows. misshappen knuckles from punching all kinds of stuff, actually (including people). broke bones more than once before he learned some technique for hurting people without hurting himself. under the marks, his skin is fairly pale from all the time he spends with them in his pockets, and also soft around the callouses from his racquet
neil: knobbly wrists but elegant slim hands that move quickly and lightly. they give him away sometimes, forming fists when he’s angry, and fluttering when he’s anxious or irritated. the burn scars stay rippled and obvious, but many of the finer scars between them eventually fade so you can only see them in the right light. often seen hooked into the hem of andrew’s sweater, or through a belt loop. andrew calls him “lost child” with a hint of mocking sometimes, but doesn’t tell him to stop
You were really glad that your plan that you made up in a matter of seconds actually went how you wanted it to go; get Luke alone, make him all hot and bothered, and then leave him sweaty and baffled along with wanting more. Everything was going perfect.
Rating: R [A BIT OF SUB SPACE AND JUST A TAD BIT OF A PAIN KINK, ALONG WITH LUKE BEING VERY DOMINATE]
A/N: y’all asked for it, so here it is… hope you enjoy;)
Of course the room fell
completely silent when those words wisped out of your mouth; you really should
not be surprise on the reaction that you’re receiving. You were somewhat
praying that you would get a different reaction, not one of surprise or shock,
but something that would make you generally happy and excited rather than a
stone cold glare and a fake smile.
You let your arms slump
to the side of your body as you stared at your green haired friend with wide
eyes; your back begins to curve in as you become the same height as the boy
that sits before you as your bottom lip drops into a pout as you shuffle a bit
on your knees.
“Before I say anything
that would most likely hurt your feelings, can I ask you something?” He questions,
his pierced eyebrow rising up on his forehead as he leans back on your bed
post. You just roll your eyes and nod your head slightly to allow him to begin his
now overanalyzing questions.
“Are you happy with
what you did?” Michael ask, his bottom lip tucking into his mouth as he gives
you a serious look. His feet rubbing over each other in his knitted grey socks
as you suck in a breath, before pushing your hand throughout your hair to get
rid of a bit of a tangled mess.
“Do you not want me to
be happy with what I did?” You question, eyes bearing into his as you cock your
head to the side and look at him with concern. He just rolls his eyes, drops
his lip from out of his mouth and lets a sigh escape him.
“First off, it’s not
about me, it’s about you. And second, I’m not the one who slept with my next
door neighbor.” He states, annoyance clear in his voice but you just ignore it
and shift around more on your knees as your lips tug into a smirk.
“Actually remember that
one time where-“
“That was years ago.”
“Actually six months!”
“But she wasn’t a
parent who was battling custody for their child.”
You let a groan slip
out of your mouth as you shut your eyes and throw yourself backwards on your
bed. The sheets below you crumple underneath the weight of you as you toss your
head around and kick your feet against the mattress, causing it to bounce
around under your weight.
“Stop acting like a
child and answer my question,” Michael muttered as his arms came and wrapped
around your ankles to stop the heavy movements.
“Michael it’s not that
serious!” You exclaim, hands by your sides beginning to grip the sheets.
“Uh… Yeah it is? You had
sex with a guy who is emotionally unstable, you took advantage of him,” He
explained, voice confident and sounding like a parent, which causes you to groan
and look up towards your ceiling.
Hi viria! I recently made a post about Calypso's hair color, saying her hair was supposed to be brown. I looked at the Battle of the Labyrinth, and it said her hair was caramel colored, and in the House of Hades, it says her hair is golden brown, almost the same as Hazel's. Sorry about that, I thought her hair was just brown, but I was wrong! Ack! Her hair is just some kind of caramel brown blonde mix, I guess ^_^
ahah, I think that’s the problem with descriptions like “caramel” and “cinnamon” :D every person imagines it differently, ahah, so it’s fine!
Though I have to say I’m still a bit in doubt over Hazel’s hair colour. I imagine cinnamon as a reddish brown, like a chestnut, meanwhile I’ve seen a lot of people picturing her with very light cinnamon hair colour? What I want to say, is that I think it’s okay to imagine characters however you like and how you have pictured them. Even following the description it’s hard to make up to the expectations of every single person since we all are so different!
So! If I draw something you don’t agree with, don’t worry and keep on your own version! Everyone pictures characters in the way they can relate to the most, while trying to stay in the borders of canon, so!:”D Hope that makes sense. Don’t let my art cancel your vision even if now it’s considered “official”.
If you agree with my depiction, it’s amazing! Even if you don’t, it’s still good! Keep what makes it fun to you! ;)
This is Rocco, he’s 5 months old. I got him from a man who could no longer keep him. He’s a Lurcher x Collie. Obviously Lurcher’s are a sighthound x another breed, don’t know what that ‘other breed is though’ any guesses? He’s a loveable boy, that can be a bit naughty. (but what pupper isn’t). His favourite place to sleep is on my bed, when I’m in bed he’ll snuggle up to me. He also has the most beautiful eyes , not sure if you can tell from the pic (it’s hard to get a pic of him still lol), but they are a pale gold/tan colour, and his pupils shine a blue colour when caught by the light/flash. I’m rambling now, but I love him so much and want to tell you so much about him!