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‘i hate writing female characters’

- or ‘me rambling about being a bad writer’


ive been considering myself a feminist for most of my life, but ive only recently identified a big issue i had when writing stories. i genuinely, honest-to-god, really hate creating female characters, like 99% of the time.
it was a weird realization.

when i was a kid, most of the stories i made had an equal amount of female and male characters, all equally fleshed out (as fleshed out as possible for a kid).
when i entered teenagehood, i started writing more female characters and had a lot of fun doing so.
they werent exactly diverse, but they were enjoyable and relatable.
but then, progressively, starting from highschool, i stopped making any new female characters and wrote mainly male characters, with stories centered around them and them only.

my writing didnt change that much, it was just the gender of my characters.
strange. female characters and male characters arent that different, are they? sure, there are some gender-specific experiences people can have in life, but personality traits arent inherently gendered, so what the hell is going on?

because writing female characters seemed like such a pain, i started asking myself questions about it. why are men more interesting? why are women so boring? and of course, the answer to both was “theyre not”. i looked at my favourite shows, webcomics, podcasts, cartoons, etc, and the overwhelming majority of them have male protagonists and/or a male supporting cast.
a real sausage-fest.

and so whenever i read a very compelling, interesting and in depth character description, i kinda felt like it could only be describing a male character, because no female character would ever get so much personality and backstory. so here we are now. even though i know for fact that female characters can be just as enjoyable a male characters. so what to do?

recently ive noticed that to unblock situations in which i need more female characters but struggle to write enough of them, i just take male character concepts and decide theyre female now. then i can work with good starting material for every character and then write further, knowing some of these characters are female. 

its not a perfect, durable solution, but the more i do that, the easier it gets to write female characters right from the start. its hard unlearning the shit i saw in so much of the media i love but i hope ill manage it in the future.

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chronicwhimsy  asked:

I’m trying to find a fic I read ages ago & wondered if you or your followers might be able to help? I've been looking for ages & had no luck. It’s Drarry, & was written before HBP came out. Draco POV, at Hogwarts. They come back to school in September, & it turns out Harry got hot over break, & he’s part Veela. So he has the whole school after him, but being Harry he’s dense as a brick about it, & Draco gets a really angry & frustrated crush on him.  Any ideas? All help is super appreciated!

Okay, well, I don’t think I found your fic and you seem so sweet that I really wanted to. I did find these ones that sounded like what you were looking for but something was always wrong with them, so none were a complete match. You’re more than welcome to go through them or look at this rec?

Congenital Magnetism by ascyltus: At the end of his fifth year, Harry displays his effortless knack for landing himself in problematic situations. Luckily, Harry begins to develop some unusual abilities that he has inherited by virtue of being one-quarter Veela. Only Draco Malfoy seems to be immune to Harry’s newly found powers.

Desperate Measures by vvc: Harry may be a half-Veela, but there was no such thing as a destined mate. If somebody wanted him, they would have to prove their worthiness. And Draco’s chances don’t look so good when Harry guts him at the welcoming feast… HPDM, mpreg

DragonKin by Fyreheart: AU. During the summer between Harry’s 5th and 6th year, an ancestor of Harry’s discovers the last of the line has been mistreated and decides it’s time to intercede. Over 3,000,000 views. Characters belong to J.K. Rowling.

Intense Veela Encounters by faithwood: Draco has an intense veela encounter.

MidGame Trilogy by tsukinofaerii: At the Yule Ball, Harry finds himself playing the same old games with Malfoy. But this time, the game’s not quite the same, and there just might be more than pride on the line. Complete short story.

Mingled Feathers by enchanted_jae: There’s only one thing that could have caused Harry to sprout wings…

Oh. My. Gods. or A Veela!Harry Valentine by indigo_kitti: Harry is a Veela and so is Draco Malfoy, but they’re not mates. Nope, nope… waaaaaait… (Total crack fic)

The Challenge of being a Veela’s Mate by Triola: Harry wakes up looking like a girl, Draco is possessive, yet oddly sweet, Hermione squeals like the girl she is, and Pansy is rather likeable. A tale of a Veela and his mate. Or was it a mate and his Veela? Slash HPDM. Pre OotP. COMPLETE

Veelas Mate For Life by brissygirl: Harry wants to find a mate

yet another veela by brighid’s flame: On the night of his birthday a depressed Harry goes through some….changes. slash DMHP Veelafic rateing just in case for later chapters. Some Ron and Hermione bashing. A little Angst.

[No Title] by wonkyveela: “Oh, it is,” Hermione said knowledgeably. “You see, Salazar was actually a homosexual…”

As I’ve said, none of these are probably what you’re looking for, sigh. I really do hope you find it!

fancy-but-disgruntled  asked:

geez its so refreshing to see a blog that isnt bitter nitpicky su crit. i really like this breath of positivity

Oh it’s so good to have you here!! Welcome to the Cinnamon Roll Club!

We’re gonna spread them good vibes and ride out this wave of negativity together, just you wait and see!

chris--daae  asked:

"I wanna imagine Erik eating chicken nuggets and booty dancing to the 2004 movie soundtrack then I will" - thank you, now I can never unsee this

You’re so welcome. Just, drunk Erik, scarfing down chicken nuggets like there’s no tomorrow and shaking that bubble butt to badly casted versions of him in a 2004 movie. ♥ that’s my aesthetic ♥

anonymous asked:

i get how lauren snapped how that was bound to happen but I'm just real hurt over how she thinks that we ship for our "sick pleasure". I wish she know how camren helped a lot of us in so many ways and that not all of us are rude and that we actually care about the girls a lot. it also sucks how every1 is so quick to judge and criticize /: all this drama couldve been avoided if the fandom wasn't so like it is -- and I also wanted to say thanks for sticking around and helping us all out👌❤️

This fandom is so problematic (and you’re welcome sweets ❤️)