-Random Writing Tips: Character Flaws-

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I’ve learned a new term this week, it’s called a ‘Mary Sue’. Basically, it’s a character that can do no wrong, and somehow, everything always works out for them. Which is boring and predictable, right?

I’m in a rock and a hard place. I am sick and tired of reading about wounded women. Why must we have some deep rooted internal issue that needs to be worked through? I understand the need for drama and internal dialogue, but damn.

I started googling common character flaws, and this is the popular ones that pop up:

  • Abusive
  •  Assertive (how the fuck is that a flaw)
  • Blames People
  • Greedy
  • Naive
  • Secretive
  • Smart Ass (Also, I consider this a pro)
  • Afraid to commit.

These character flaws have been DONE. TO. DEATH.

I found my solution. A flaw doesn’t necessarily have to be something “wrong” with the character. A flaw can be something that doesn’t need to be fixed. A character can be well-adjusted and not boring AF. It’s possible. Well, almost. No one is perfect, we no doubt all have flaws, but does that mean a persons story ARC needs to revolve around these flaws?

Absolutely not. Don’t ever feel obligated to damage your character for the sake of making them relatable, there are other ways to do that.

Another solution? The character can stand strong in the middle of chaos. Let the uncontrollable variables around them be the flaw. Not the person.

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-Leah On The Offbeat! Yes, You Get To Visit Simon-

If you want to catch up with Simon from ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapians’ & fall in love with a new character, pick this book up!It makes my heart happy that LGBT novels are finally getting the recognition and appreciation they deserve!

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-Susan Ee Is Coming Out With A New Book: Cinder & The Prince of Midnight-

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Y’all! I’m freaking out! Susan Ee is coming out with a NEW BOOK.

She wrote Angelfall years ago, and legit disappeared as she hiked across England and broke all of our hearts 😂.

I CAN’T believe this is happening! 

📚What’s It All About?📚

An orphan girl. A dark and twisted kingdom. An ongoing shadow war resulting in enslaved fairies.

This is the world of Cinder. A world where a girl like her can be sold to be human prey for a ritualistic hunt.

But on this night, even the predators might have something to fear. On this night, even a royal prince might find himself trapped by the expectations of the Dark King…and a girl like no other.

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-Bookish & Fandom Tattoos-

I asked followers of Candace Reads Books to share their bookish & fandom tattoos, and they did not DISAPPOINT!

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-Jane Austen Gives Me Life… That Is All.-

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-A Read That Will Haunt You For Weeks: Allegedly by Tiffany d. Jackson-

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Genre: YA Realistic Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary 

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it?

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary’s fate now lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But does anyone know the real Mary?

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-‘Black Summer’ Graphic Novel Turned TV Show: Trailer-

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-Small Excerpt of Difficult Women By Roxane Gay-


“What a Crazy Woman Thinks About While Walking Down the Street”

She tries to walk not too fast and not too slow. She doesn’t want to attract any attention. She pretends she doesn’t hear the whistles and catcalls and lewd comments. Sometimes she forgets and leaves her house in a skirt or a tank top because it’s a warm day and she wants to feel warm air on her bare skin. Before long, she remembers. She keeps her keys in her hand, three of them held between her fingers, like a dull claw. She makes eye contact only when necessary and if a man should catch her eye, she juts her chin forward, makes sure the line of her jaw is strong. When she leaves work or the bar late, she calls a car service and when the car pulls up to her building, she quickly scans the street to make sure it’s safe to walk the short distance from the curb to the door. She once told a boyfriend about these considerations and he said, “You are completely out of your mind.” She told a new friend at work and she said, “Honey, you’re not crazy. You’re a woman.”

-Difficult Women- 

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-The Girl He Used To Know By Tracey Garvis Graves-

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

📚What’s it all about?📚

Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people’s behavior confusing, she’d rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.

Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game―and his heart―to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.

Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She’s living the life she wanted as a librarian. He’s a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins.

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-Game of Thrones Recap- Seasons 1 through 7-

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