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comment How do you write boy & girl protagonists without turning them into a love story?
If the OP wanted to establish that the male character is really into redheads, or women under 5 feet tall, or women with bubble-butts, and this woman is lacking that particular characteristic, that might work. It would be somewhat arbitrary but entirely realistic, and doesn't reflect on the worth of either person. It also doesn't make the generalization that "tall women are ugly" — just that this particular male character prefers really short women.
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comment How do you write boy & girl protagonists without turning them into a love story?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some men are genuinely, solely attracted to women who are overweight, to the point of obesity. While "modern societal standards" would judge that woman to be "unattractive," there are men who would think her to be desirable, specifically because of her weight. So for you to use the generalization "ugly" is actually not a useful answer. "Ugly" to one person isn't "ugly" to another. Some women only like men with facial hair. Does that make a beardless man ugly to all straight women? (cont'd)
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comment How do you write boy & girl protagonists without turning them into a love story?
I still think you're looking at the issue heteronormatively, but you've obviously considered the complexity of the characters.
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comment Is it ok for a tough character to be “petty”?
@TomAu Context is everything. :) Makes much more sense now.
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comment Is it ok for a tough character to be “petty”?
@TomAu I hope that's a summary and not an actual line of dialogue. That's a painful pair of clichés, and in either case, shouldn't the gentleman be looking for an equal partner and not a mother of any kind? Plus I feel like she's framing her only possible relationship options as "selfish bitch" or "horn of plenty which doesn't require reciprocation." Are you trying to establish that no matter what she does, her relationships will be unhealthy?
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answered Creating the goal of a scene when the main character is passive
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comment I am writing an essay but im kind of lost on how to add imagery
Define "imagery" so we can help you. Images of what? Where do you need to put the images?
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revised How do you write boy & girl protagonists without turning them into a love story?
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comment How do you write boy & girl protagonists without turning them into a love story?
@what oh gosh, I never read the fourth book. And it's been a while since I read the entire set. I'll edit my answer.
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comment PLEASE HELP: Character description
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comment What would be a better backstory?
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answered How do you write boy & girl protagonists without turning them into a love story?
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answered Constructed Language - how to spell words that will be mispronounced in English
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comment SOS. How can I start to write again?
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comment English, Commas
noooooooo leave the Oxford comma!
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comment Map of my fantasy world - how do realms, kingdoms, cities, towns and villages fit into it?
@what great points about cities, but why is a kingdom not a country? what's the difference?
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answered Map of my fantasy world - how do realms, kingdoms, cities, towns and villages fit into it?