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5 Tips for Mary Sue AvoidanceEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Tips for Mary Sue Avoidance by Droemar
1. If the world revolves around your character, they're probably a Mary Sue. A Mary Sue is, contrary to popular belief, a state of being, not a state of appearance. A lot of people tend to try and "fix" a Mary Sue problem by having their character be ugly instead of pretty, jerkass instead of sweet, a fat, helpless blob instead of someone who can throw lightning bolts, and stupid instead of smart. (This is called an Anti-Sue, as opposed to a Purity Sue; many subspecies of Sue exist; just ask TvTropes.) But, somehow, everyone in the world manages to not comment on her ugliness, bad temper, obesity, or stupidity. In fact, they try real hard to buddy up to her, even plan their calendars
A Guide to (Useful) Character Reference SheetsThis guide won't give you a character sheet to fill out, but will walk you through the key features of character reference sheets (CRS), why pre-designed ones are useless, and give you tips on creating one that will be far more useful than any pre-existing questionnaires. Let’s get started.A Guide to (Useful) Character Reference Sheets by justMANGO
§1. What’s the point of a CRS?
A character reference sheet, as the name indicates, is the reference document containing salient information that makes up your character. It is merely a tool. It is not for publication and your readers don’t need to see it. It exists to give you, the writer, a fixed point of reference. The information on a CRS is a package of traits your character brings with them into every chapter, and the point of having it written down is to give you 1) a firmly established understanding of your character and how they should act in every given situation; 2) something to come back to in case you’re uncertain of how to write a cha