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What your character does for a living, even if it doesn’t feature prominently in your story, will profoundly affect who he is and how he responds to the world around him. In our society that we're so defined by our jobs that job loss and a change of job position is a major job source. However, jobs do come with hazards.

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Disclamier: I don't have a medical background. What I know about medicine I know from Internet research.

Injuries and illness are very important, if not essential to include in a hurt/comfort story, but what happens when you want to hurt your characters, while you don't have a medical background to figure out which bone and nerves may be affected by the gunshot wounds they so beautifully endure for your plot's sake? While the degree of realism in your story's canon may not coincide with that in real life (See: CSI science), it won't hurt to get solid information so you can make an informed choice in this matter. This's an attempt to create a cheat sheet out of the questions and answers about medical issues on the fact finding community on livejournal: [livejournal.com profile] little_details . Some are direct quote from the answers.

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So you want to scare your readers. To target their primal fear and make them stay awake all the night. To turn the normality into nightmare fuel. To see if the characters can handle tragedy and fear to come out all right. Stay tuned to this post... or we won't know what'd happen to you.

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Grief is a powerful primal emotion. Hardly anyone hasn't experienced grief in that we all faced some kind of loss. However, writing about grief can be one of the hardest things to do because it is so easy to slip away and use convenient cliche instead of facing the grief. This's my attempt to discuss how  to write about grief in fan fiction..

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Failure and setback stories are among the hardest story to tell about us. We screw up. We know it, but we may not want to admit to ourselves, let along to others. Failure creates a rift between ourselves and others. We fear that the others will lose faith in ourselves. Worse, our failure may hurt others. It 's equally hard to account for the characters we like as it's hard to be objective about it. Success is easier to be accountable fdor failure, but perhaps because of this, failure often define a character. This's why I 'm trying to do this post to provide my thought on writing about the characters' failure.

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I don't want to type any more. Even effort to make me lift my fingers to type seems to be too much for me. But there're thousand miles to go, thousand miles to go. My brain yearns for a shut down. But no, even yearning takes too much effort. I'm totally apathetic to everything around me. Nothing matters any more, any more.

Exhaustion can be mental or physical. Your muscles refuse to perform any more, even when your brain will it. You hear a cry for help, but you have been saving and losing people for too long, you just don't care any more. The cause of exhaustion can be undersleep, intense physical or mental exercises or diseases. Rest can relieve fatique, but usually our beloved characters never get a break from it any way. It's a miracle most have the energy to open their eyes, face the next morning and think of the tasks they need to do. It can also be used to great effect in hurt/comfort fic, to examine the real consequence of the continuous stress they endured in canon, to make them feel more real. After all, we all feel exhaustion some time in our lives.

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"I jump into the mid-air, launching a kick at the opponent's head, and then when I land, I immediately do a guard position to prepare for a counter attack."

"My palm sweats and I'm afraid any time I won't be able to hold the knife any more. The thought of cutting into human flesh makes me get sick."

Combat fascinates people, judging from the popularity of action and war films. There's something satisfying to see your hero giving a good fight. Blood and sweat makes a scene more powerful and dramatic. A good fighting scene can make or break an action story. However, different stories call for a sliding scale of realism in portraying a fight.

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"When I woke up, I was led by two voices, one like the sound of thunders. And the other civilized, polite. We've been comrades ever since, but now we 're enemies." - Steve Rogers

When characters betray each other's trust, it 's often played for drama as a stab on your back hurts. No matter the trust violates was amongst individuals, between organizations or between individuals and organizations, the relationship is often inevitably broken and seldom can heal from it. Once bitten, twice shy. It's understandable that to quite a lot people, a betrayal is a nail to the coffin. An event horizon that a relationship never can go back from. For some others, betrayals can be bygone with atonement and true remorse.  But usually we don't expect it to be forgiven lightly. That's why non-canonical betrayals in fanfics can be seen as character bashing. But then it can also be seen as a good chance to test the characters and there's always canonical betrayal (actual or perceived) that the fanfic writers want or need to deal with. Sadly I don't have much experience with betrayal in fanfics, but I'd like to talk about two betrayals in canon  (actual or perceived) that leads to my different response.

Spoiler for Harrt Potter and Marvel comics: Civil Wars plot line )

Question: What do you think about betrayals in canon or fanworks? How do you deal with it?
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While the concept of apocalypse has been nothing new since the biblical time, the World Wars II has cemented the true fear in people that humanity now has the capacity to destroy itself, and there seems to be nothing that can stop it. Popular culture has been obsessed with the death of civilization as we know it ever since then, and created a lot of good and not so good work, so this post may be useful when you write your story.

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So you may know about the classical romance triangle between Superman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Or how Spiderman balances between the meek Peter Parker and the superhero Spiderman. Or when in Les Miserables Jean Valjean puts on a fake identity. There's a name for this kind of stories: 'Identity Porn' , which is a narrative kink for stories which focus on people with fluid, or multiple, or secret, identities, and how those identities work.

Identity porn fascinates us, as our identity is what distinguish us from other people. But identity porn kind of play with the assumption that we have a single, real and consistent identity.  In our daily life, we put on a social face "to make a definite impression upon others, and on the other to conceal the true nature of the individual", and a secret identity is a logical extension of that. Who's the one behind the mask? Is there really a person behind the mask? A lot of examples can be found in superhero and magic girls canons, as many of the characters have a secret identity, and this affects the people in their respective position in the society and their community. It introduces a lot of tension in how the characters form relationships with others and see themselves. Of course sometimes we love it just because it's hot. .

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Dear writer,
Thank you so much for attempting to create a fanwork for me! I'm sure I will love it anyways, but here are some details about what I like/dislike, in case you like to do your research.

First off, I would rather receive a work that the creator was enthusiastic about than one that fulfilled every detail of my request. These are guidelines meant to help you, not to cage you.
More about me )And here are the four fandoms I requested, with the characters that I requested, and an Extended Edition of each of my requests! But again, these are just notes-- just, if you're the kind of person who wants to know *more* information about what I might possibly like, here it is-- and I will be thrilled with whatever you choose.

Fandom 1: Marvel comics (comics)
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Fandom 2: Hero (web comics)
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Fandom 3: .hack//quantum
Characters: Any
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Fandom 4: Chinese Mythology
Characters: Any
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Fandom 5: Cute Knight Kingdom
Characters: The Player
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For my information )
I'm always open to suggestions, prompts, etc.
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