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Writing What You Don't Know: The Assistants

Discussion in 'Make It So' started by jacktrash, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    I'm remaking some old characters I had as a teen, and one of them is based on my view of myself at that age. I'm not sure if I should change her to make her less like me, or if it's okay since she's not as much like how I am now and likely to develop differently. Should I also make her look different? Also, her name is both kind of clunky and a pun on my real name, and I don't really like it anymore; should I change that too?
  2. sirsparklepants

    sirsparklepants *cries in sports*

    Imo, if you don't like her name, change it, but the rest of it should be fine to keep. In my experience characterw based mostly on yourself tend to take on a life of their own before too terribly long anyway. And if she doesn't? So what? Rock the self insert. Plenty of people have done it professionally.
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  3. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Heh, I do now have better perspective on how dweeby she actually is and I can lean into that more strongly :)
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  4. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Speaking of those characters, does anyone have any book recs or advice on how to write convincing black and Desi British teenagers? I knew some at school but private schooling sort of culturally assimilates everyone, I think, and that was a long time ago anyway.
  5. sirsparklepants

    sirsparklepants *cries in sports*

    I don't have a specific question, really, but would anyone be able to point me towards some good resources for writing wheelchair users? I'd like to include one in my next project, but I don't want to send the chair users I know a ton of ridiculous questions.

    Edit: I'm thinking the character in question will probably have rheumatoid arthritis, so they won't be completely chair bound but will use it most of the time, if that makes a difference.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2019
  6. Saro

    Saro Where is wizard hut

    When I was first diagnosed with my disease, I looked up a lot of blogs just by searching variants of "ibd blog", "crohns blog", and the like. A lot of them shared in-depth discussions of symptoms and treatment and for people with ileostomies or pouch surgeries, what they were like and how they lived. So this isn't a specific resource but you may have some luck reading an RA blog.

    A list of blogs from women who've been there

    Best RA blogs from a recent year
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