Tag: Marty Stu


Articles / On Writing

Do you have a gifted character that knows what everyone around her thinks or feels? Is she making the other characters in your book uncomfortable with her uncanny insights? If so, you just might have a mind reader on your hands, and I’m not talking about the sparkly vampire variety, either. I mean, think about it… How creepy would it be to be around a...

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Articles / On Writing

Real Character Flaws We’ve all heard the old adage “no one’s perfect,” right? Let’s consider the flip side of this coin. What if everyone was perfect? Can you imagine it? A perfect world where everything goes your way and everyone is the absolute ideal? There are no struggles, nothing unexpected happens, and life is just perfect. Sounds great, right? Not really. There is a downside. Without struggles...

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Articles / On Writing

Today, we are going to talk about the evolving nature of the much beloved loathed character staple, the Mary Sue. So what is a Mary Sue exactly? There are several definitions of a Mary Sue and even several versions of a Mary Sue. She’s a character of many faces. A Mary Sue can be anything from an idealized and innocent yet sexy version a female (sometimes...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #6: Mary Sue   As a first-time author, the level of relief and accomplishment matches only your excitement when you turn in your manuscript after weeks and months of writing. So imagine for a moment that your editor returns it with a big, red note on it that says “Get rid of Mary Sue!” Your first reaction, like any new writer, is probably...

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