Is Your Female Character Realistic

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  • 1. 

    Is/Does your character's name...

    • A.

      Contain punctuation marks (such as hyphens or commas)

    • B.

      More than two words

    • C.

       A word that is not usually a name (like Sapphire)/Contains one or more words that are not usually names.

    • D.

      Extremely unusual for the situation (like a ancient Eygptian princess being named Sadoko)

    • E.

      Spelt in a way that is different from normal (like spelling Avery as Aeverie)

    • F.

      Mean 'strong', 'beautiful', 'warrior' or 'princess'

    • G.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    G. None of the above
    Explanation
    While none of these things in and of themselves are wrong, they can be Mary-Sue traits, especially combined. I mean, how many girls do you know named Emmarleigh Skye-Ash'a

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  • 2. 

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but is your character:

    • A.

      Beautiful with little to no effort

    • B.

      Beautiful to the point where people would become distracted or enraptured (Do not check if the person become enraptured is ditzy and incredibly in love with her)

    • C.

      Beautiful enough to provoke jealousy

    • D.

      So beautiful that people fight over her

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. None of the above
    Explanation
    There is nothing wrong with having a beautiful character, but she shouldn't be so gorgeous that she rules the world. Also, while natural beauty is wonderful, having day to day 'stun-factor' would involve brushing and styling her hair, putting on makeup etc.

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  • 3. 

    How often do you mention your characters appearance/reference their beauty:

    • A.

      None. Nobody knows anything about her appearance

    • B.

      Once or twice 

    • C.

      Quite a few times, and in poetic terms (ocean eyes, raven locks)

    Correct Answer
    B. Once or twice 
    Explanation
    So, I know some people prefer never to write anything about the appearance of the character, but it is kinda important to be able to visualise. Conversely, constant reminders of how gorgeous and beautiful she is and the precise shade of her eyes is kinda annoying, unless they add to the story.

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  • 4. 

    Does your character have...

    • A.

      Eyes of an unusual hue (Do not check if she has contacts)

    • B.

      Eyes with other unusual qualities

    • C.

      A birthmark or scar that in no way detracts from her appearance

    • D.

      Hair of an unusual hue (Do not check if she dyes it)

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. None of the above
    Explanation
    Once again, none of these things are bad, but only throw them in IF THEY HAVE RELEVANCE! A good example of this is in the 'Wings Of Fire' series where *SPOILERS* Sunny is depicted as looking unusual because she is a hybrid SandWing-NightWing *END SPOILERS*

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  • 5. 

    Does your character have any unexplainable, yet useful assets, such as:

    • A.

      Profound wisdom, even if she's inexperience.

    • B.

      Money, with no mentioned source of income (e.g. she can just afford plane tickets so they can chase down the criminals, but she's a teenager, and she's never been mentioned to have a job)

    • C.

      Skills, with no mentioned training (e.g. she reveals she can use martial arts on the criminals, though she's never been shown to attend classes, or receive instruction)

    • D.

      Connections, with no mentioned relevance (e.g. she arrives in the village and is welcomed by the people, despite the fact that it has never been mentioned that she has been there before)

    • E.

      Inside knowledge, with no mentioned connections, (e.g. she knows where the spare key is kept, but how she knows is never explained) 

    • F.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    F. None of the above
    Explanation
    For once, it's not gonna be a case of 'None of these are bad on their own'. YES, THESE ARE BAD! No-one is impressed when your character just 'knows' stuff, or if she can just 'do' stuff.

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  • 6. 

    When she falls in love, is it...?

    • A.

      Love at first sight

    • B.

      Incredibly deep and profound

    • C.

      Resulting in marriage, and they're only teens

    • D.

      Forming the world's most good-looking couple, or at least up there

    • E.

      The kind of commitment that makes both members give up things they love for one another (i.e. if they stop seeing their friends, or drop their interests)

    • F.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    F. None of the above
    Explanation
    These are the ones that you need to use with care. All of these are intense examples, but if you tone 'em down they'll work a lot better.

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  • 7. 

    For this question, focus on your character's best ability...?

    • A.

      Is she a genius or prodigy?

    • B.

      Is the ability something that not many people would be able to do?

    • C.

      Did she learn it remarkably quickly?

    • D.

      Does she not have to train/practise to stay good

    • E.

      Does she never get it wrong, make mistakes, or if it's magical or superpower-esque, backfire?

    • F.

      Is it dormant or unknown, until the critical moment (Do not check if it is foreshadowed, or a plot point)

    • G.

      Is it not offset by something she is terrible at

    • H.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    H. None of the above
    Explanation
    This one is a 'use in moderation' example. In order to make your story realistic, you have to add elements of weakness

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  • 8. 

    At some point, your character probably runs into people who disagree with them, are those people

    • A.

      Evil or simply not very nice

    • B.

      Being controlled by someone evil

    • C.

      Running on a dubious or selfish agenda

    • D.

      Extremely stupid

    • E.

      Someone whose opinions are irrelevant (like the class clown, the fusty old guy, etc)

    • F.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    F. None of the above
    Explanation
    Come on guys! Everyone runs into people who disagree with their choices, opinions or motives, but that doesn't make them evil or wrong.

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  • 9. 

    Is your character connected with a legend because...

    • A.

      They are the secret heir to something

    • B.

      They are the chosen  one of a prophecy

    • C.

      They are the only one with a certain talent that has not been seen for years

    • D.

      They possess a special trinket

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. None of the above
    Explanation
    This is another one you have to use in moderation, because otherwise it gets silly. Here's where I have a bone to pick with 'Wings Of Fire' *SPOILERS* as not only are the five dragonets the dragonets of the prophecy, but Clay has the skill of fire-proofness, Tsunami, Sunny and Glory are all in line for the throne, Sunny is part-NightWIng and nearly every dragonet is related to an animus dragon (which are supposed to be really rare) *END SPOILERS*

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  • 10. 

    Has your character ever died and been resurrected?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      More than once actually

    • C.

      No, but she has undergone something that should have been irreversible, but she was able to change it

    • D.

      No, but she has survived something that should have killed her. (Do not check if she has invincibility or recovery powers)

    • E.

      No, never.

    Correct Answer
    E. No, never.
    Explanation
    There isn't really a way we can get around this. Unless there is a REALLY GOOD explanation, don't do this! And if you must, DO NOT DO IT MORE THAN ONCE! If you do, it will get tired and predictable.

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  • 11. 

    Do you feel that this quiz has attacked your character?

    • A.

      No, why?

    • B.

      Perhaps a little

    • C.

      YES! HOW COULD YOU BE SUGGESTING MY BEAUTIFUL CHARACTER IS A...A...MARY-SUE!

    Correct Answer
    A. No, why?
    Explanation
    Okay, if you feel that you're being attacked...you probably are ;)

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