The truth is in the tags.

Fan girls of what? It’s like nobody can believe that some of us make up stories without a TV show to go with them.
Oh—maybe fan girls of humping! YES #1humping fan girl OTP me n hump.



The truth is in the tags.

Fan girls of what? It’s like nobody can believe that some of us make up stories without a TV show to go with them.

Oh—maybe fan girls of humping! YES #1humping fan girl OTP me n hump.



Hi! I am Courtney Summers. I write YA novels. Since a lot of the questions I get asked on my Tumblr are about writing, I decided to make a master list of the advice posts I’ve made for convenience. Yay, convenience! I will update it for as long as…


1. If your significant other claims to, or is known to “have a thing” for men/women of your race.

This is called fetishism, which generally consists of sexual/physical attraction based on stereotypes. For example: the “exotic” Asian/African women stereotype, the sexually potent Black male…


Quite a few people requested some form of trait/personality generator, and here’s the result!  I wanted to keep it vague enough that the options could work for any universe, be it modern, fantasy, scifi, or anything else, so these are really just the basics. Remember that a character is much more than a list of traits, and this should only be used as a starting point– I tried to include a variety of things, but further development is definitely a must.

Could pair well with the gender and sexuality generator.

To Play: Click and drag each gif, or if that isn’t working/you’re on mobile, just take a screenshot of the whole thing (multiple screenshots may be required if you want more than one trait from each category).


Your character is stranded in a wood with no supplies, what can they use to survive? Your character is from the medieval times, how would they light a fire with no match? Your character is injured with no medical supplies? What can they do.

Below is a list of links…



Hello, writerly friends!

I got a bunch of questions asking for advice on revision/editing (of which I have plenty) so I thought I would make a TOP 5! The above are my top 5 tips for revising/editing your book. I believe there are plenty of awesome resources out there for editing, but I wanted to talk about a few things that are seldom mentioned!

I hope you all find this post helpful~ ♥︎

If any of you has any more writerly questions, send them my way! And if you want your daily dose of writer positivity and prompts, make sure to follow my blog: maxkirin.tumblr.com!

Anonymous said: I changed the earlier question a bit. What type of male characters would you like to see more of in fiction?


1) Bisexual males. Putting this type of character at the top of my list comes from my own bias of being bisexual, but whatever. It’s impossible to find bisexual male characters, especially in speculative fiction. They’re mostly limited to romance novels. I’m not too big a fan of romance novels though, especially m/m romance. Most of it is written by women, but the problem isn’t that it’s written by women. The problem is that it becomes the female fantasy of what they imagine/want m/m romance to be, which ends up being unrealistic and a constant cycle of Super Hunk Male Love Interest and Shy Reluctant Male Love Interest as the main characters.

I just want some bisexual male characters in speculative fiction. And I really don’t want them to be a villain because bisexual characters, no matter their gender, tend to be cunning trickster villains. Please stop with that. Portraying the majority of bisexual characters as deceitful, cunning, tricky, and untrustworthy villains perpetuates stereotypes and misconceptions.

2) Male characters with insecurities relating to something other than a skill. Every time I come across male characters who are able to admit they’re insecure about something, their concerns are always about not being good enough with a sword or not being able to throw a football far enough.

Let your male characters be worried about their hair, their weight, their voice, their body hair, their scars, their ability to talk to people, their intelligence, their future, how others perceive them, their friends, their pets, or whether their friends still like them.

3) First person POV male protagonists who aren’t 90% angst. I’ve read too many Holden Caulfields and too many self-insert male characters who are used as a way for the male author to complain about his youth and some girl.

4) Intelligent male characters who don’t fall into the only two intelligent male characters that seem to exist in fiction:

  • Jerk geniuses.
  • Eccentric skinny boys with glasses who get overly excited and who are rarely taken seriously (if they’re a major character they often end up as a villain while minor characters stay the same to give comedic effect). They’re most likely into typical nerd stuff (d&d, comic books, star trek, etc.).

5) Male characters who are more like the male characters from Freaks and Geeks. Honestly, of all the books I’ve read and of all the shows and movies I’ve seen, books, movies, and shows that take place in the seventies or eighties seem to have the most realistic male characters no matter when those stories were actually written. They’re well rounded, they change, they have flaws, they’re different from one another, and they don’t all look like supermodels. They tend to capture teenage relationships better than more recent YA does.

6) Male characters, particularly in pre-industrial fantasy, who want to get married, and for reasons unrelated to politics or to the pretty princess they saw that one time for five minutes. Most of the male characters (in fantasy) I come across who end up in a marriage are indifferent about it, do it because they want to produce an heir, do it because their parents arranged it, or elope with someone they’ve only known for a couple of months or even a couple of weeks.

Bring in some male characters who look forward to marriage and love, even before they get in a relationship and even when they they’re not crushing on anyone.

7) I feel like, especially in sci-fi, that when that typical new team member is introduced (often in a series), they’re always hated at first by both the reader and the other characters because that happens whenever someone new comes in to take a new position or to replace someone else. I also feel like most of these characters are female, which isn’t fair given that female characters are already under more scrutiny just for being female. Introduce some male characters in this role. Make them infiltrate a familiar place to your readers and characters. Let them take some of the roles that are automatically annoying.

8) Non heterosexual men who are comfortable with their sexuality. I’m so sick of stories where one man is super comfortable and the other is shy and unsure of his sexuality or if he wants to have a sexual experience yet. The comfortable character always coerces the uncomfortable character into sex or the author uses sex as a way to make the uncomfortable character’s problems go away. One minute he’s crying and the next he’s kissing the other guy and suddenly everything is okay.

9) Non heterosexual men who vary in appearance. We’re not all just a bunch of twinks or oiled up hairless hunks. You may say, “I know you don’t all look like that!” but I have met a surprising number of people who don’t know that. Not everyone in the world is up to date with the gay community. There are tons of people who have a hard time imagining a gay/bi/pan man as being anything other than a young, thin, attractive white male with a good fashion sense.

10) Related to the one above, I want to see gay men who don’t fit gay stereotypes and who aren’t used for comic relief. Writers love to introduce a character who is overweight, who is old (40+ years), who is masculine, who is hairy, etc., only to have them come out at the perfect moment for some comedy. It comes off as that person is gay? Haha, so funny!