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I have no idea what I'm doing but heeeeey its all good right?

Hello fellow guys, gals and non-binary pals.

This is my first post and is going to be… uh *convincing voice* fabulous.

I was thinking of writing a short story with LGBT+ characters, but since I am moderately new to the community (the LGBT+), I am still learning about what is too stereotypical and what I shouldn’t write and things along the lines of that. I think I have a good idea of what not to do, but I’m just checking. Do you guys have any ideas on what I absolutely very should not do?

This is an idea and please comment on any ideas you have or if you think that I shouldn’t write something as it wouldn’t be appropriate.

 

Thank you!

6 comments

ellipsis

Your convincing voice is very convincing. As for LGBT+ stuff, I guess don't make a big deal out of it unless your character thinks it's a big deal or is in a situation where it's a big deal. If that makes sense. And don't have it be their defining feature. Hope that was helpful :)

2w ago
smolnico

Thank-You! That was very helpful, and I'll make sure I keep this in mind when I'm writing :)

2w ago
bookwithbane

YOU FORGOT GENDER-FLUID >:{. Jk. If you're going to write a queer story, don't try to hard to make it queer. After all the best LGBQTIA+ fiction doesn't try to hard/make it the main basis of the story. Pumped for your next post!

2w ago
smolnico

Ahh thank you! I will make sure to remember this, thank you for you help - I'll try and make the next post just as 'fabulous' - :)

1w ago
rhapsody

Create the character first, write the personality and then figure out their identity. It should come naturally, don't force it. Educate yourself as well! check out Ash Hardell on youtube, they make great content on LGBT+ education.
Do not: kill off a queer character unless it is VITAL to the story and isn't the only queer character in the story. Don't force queer people into relationships, if they are in relationships make them realistic! Give them problems to overcome and interesting stories, they're not perfect. Don't over explain someone's identity, keep it natural, most people aren't constantly explaining their identity; it gets tiring. When two characters meet get them to ask each other preferred pronouns, keep it as natural as asking someone their name, this is a good way to solidify someone's identity without over explaining anything.
Hope this helps!! Good luck with your writing!

2w ago
smolnico

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this, this is a huge help, and I will make sure to weave all of these into my story. Thank-You so much! ㊙

1w ago