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Misleading readers on the motives/true personality of a character

Misdirection You could show her doing intelligent things, but to provide plausible excuses for why it is an accident, before quickly moving the reader on to something that overshadows the event. The ...
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How do I tell if a relationship is becoming too toxic and how do I counteract this?

Most people aren't perfect and disappoint each other every now and then. A "toxic" relationship is one where one partner constantly belittles, sabotages, controls, dominates, neglects, ...
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Misleading readers on the motives/true personality of a character

One approach that can work is to not start her up so high. Have her play the empty-headed beauty, but she got to where she is by a circuitous route -- and she repeatedly explains this by "I was ...
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Tips on writing a transgender character?

I would suggest you create a scene, an unusual first time scene for the twins, in which they are alone and happen to reveal such preferences. For eight year olds, this might be watching a kid's movie, ...
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Misleading readers on the motives/true personality of a character

This is easiest done if you write this character from the viewpoint of another character. That way, you don't have to somehow cloak the true personality of the queen behind her falsehoods and narrate ...
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Character is called by their initials. Do I spell it out?

1 The Chicago Manual of Style recommends: [In dialogue,] if the pronunciation of the abbreviation would be understood by most readers, you can write it as you normally would: “I’m going to the store, ...
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Showing that a character is unsentimental and arrogant

"Show Don't Tell" as a rule of writing originated in stage plays. The idea was, instead of a narrator or character "telling" us that Roger is a chain smoker, the playwright should ...
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Showing that a character is unsentimental and arrogant

"Unsentimental" and "arrogant" are labels that we give to certain behavior. What is unsentimental and arrogant behavior. Describe in which way your character acts that way. Don't ...
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