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    Is there an issue with gender representation in my novel?

    I believe you're right. Instead of forcing a change of the charatcer's gender, giving them more life and personality might be a go-to fix. But at least as of now, I would say that my male characters are quite "living", considered their backstory and personality, despite them being villanous...
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    Is there an issue with gender representation in my novel?

    I would say I am not one that can't change a character at all, just because "that's how I see them in my head", even though I'm not sure (at least now) how I would like to change them, if it's necessary in the first place. It's more like I have an initial picture of a character with a...
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    Is there an issue with gender representation in my novel?

    Or am I overthinking it again? Anyway. I've been wewriting and changing things while reading through my WIP recently and have observed a potentially problematic tendency when it comes to the amount of male and female characters in my novel and their role in it. To keep it simple, I made a...
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    Changing the MC's gender - questionable decision or am I overthinking?

    The idea of not naming a baby at birth would go along with my idea of a naming ceremony quite well. I just need to decide who is the one naming the child, at the end - the parents, the child itself or someone else, like the priests in your case. I do want to keep the genders as they are, i.e...
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    Changing the MC's gender - questionable decision or am I overthinking?

    This is what I've been thinking about. Like, the parents would give their baby two versions of the same name at birth and then, at the naming ceremony, the growing up child would have the liberty to choose the name it identifies more. It might be tricky with some names, but it's doable for sure...
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    Changing the MC's gender - questionable decision or am I overthinking?

    You're absolutely right there, these are some questions that never occurred to me. Right now, I am taking my time to think of a way babies are named in my story's world, because apparently I haven't thought it through well enough. Instead of naming a baby at birth, a better solution would...
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    Changing the MC's gender - questionable decision or am I overthinking?

    My world also has people who are non-binary gender with male/female reproductive organs, respectively. As of now, I don't have a specific character in my cast who is openly non-binary, but they do exist in my story's world, just as intersex people do. But intersex and non-binary are defined as...
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    Changing the MC's gender - questionable decision or am I overthinking?

    I'll try to answer in a coherent text: So, as I wrote in my initial post and in one of my replies to one of yours posts, intersex or even non-binary people are consindered as another existing gender, or in other words a third gender, as you called it. They aren't as common as cis-male and...
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    Changing the MC's gender - questionable decision or am I overthinking?

    You are right on that, but my uncertainty doesn't come from me not doing my homework, but simply because I have no experience writing characters other than cis-male and cis-female, thus, I am specially careful about my approach. Maybe I'm putting myself under too much pressure and should just...
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    Changing the MC's gender - questionable decision or am I overthinking?

    I think you might be right, maybe I'm approaching it wrong. In the end, the MC's gender will probably have little to no impact on her emotions and behaviour, at least not necessarily? Is that what you're saying or do I understand it incorrenctly? Hm, these are some good questions that make me...
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    Changing the MC's gender - questionable decision or am I overthinking?

    There is no reason for it and there will be no mention of genitalia, at least as of now. Since these two characters are mainly driven by their emotions, it wouldn't be any different when it comes to sex scenes. It's exactly the so-callled "pillow talk" the next day where it might become obvious...
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    Changing the MC's gender - questionable decision or am I overthinking?

    Hello to everyone, it's me again. Quite a while ago I wrote about my first ever WIP and how I struggled writing it because of ideas I've already had for a sequel (in case a summary of the story would help: I have more/better ideas for the sequel than the main story. How to go about it? )...
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    What could you call journeymen....

    Hi there. So correct me if I'm wrong (since I am not a native speaker), but if I understand the word correctly, a journeyman is someone who has finished their apprenticeship a certain trade or craft, but has not become a Master of it yet. I believe there aren't many synonyms which describes...
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    Total Noob here

    I am sooo glad this thread was made. I was about to post a thread with the exact same problem, but I think I've found the answers to most of my questions in here already. This thread is already a couple days old, but I hope it's still okay to share my experience with my current WIP: As Penpilot...
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    I have more/better ideas for the sequel than the main story. How to go about it?

    There I am again. First, I want to apologize if there's any problem with bumping up a topic that's been silent for a few months, but I thought it'd be smarter and less of a spam than creating a whole new thread with basically the same topic. So the current state of affairs is as follows: I...
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