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What do your characters eat?
While you don’t necessarily need to show them eating at great length (or even at all), it’s important to think about what your characters’ diets are. Diet influences a lot of things, from mood to health to stamina. Food is culture, and how your characters get their food will influence their lives.
For instance, say your character lives off of tropical fruits and plants. If they live in an area where there is enough food year round without having to put back breaking labor into it, their society may never evolve beyond hunter-gatherer without outside forces acting on them. The society will be more egalitarian, as most hunter-gatherer societies are, and this will influence the character to see people as more or less equal.
Now say your character eats grains, meat, and other animal products; this will reflect a society in which there is agriculture, which means greater stratification. This person will also probably be a good, fairly healthy size with all that protein to build with. He may also have certain feelings towards vegetables.
In a less historical/fantasy setting, let’s say your character subsists on junk food. They’re going to be sluggish, not so great at fighting illness, and possibly even depressed. Chances are, they’re either poor, alone, or very busy. Shortly put, they probably feel pretty yucky a lot of the time. And they’re not going to be strapping athletes.
So, whether from the single character view or examining your whole world, what people eat makes a difference. Here’s a few tips on figuring out diets for individual characters and whole worlds.
- Calorie intake needs to at least match the burn rate. If the character is an athlete, they’re going to need a lot of calories; the same goes if they’re some super warrior. If your whole society is super fit, then they’ve got to be taking in big calories from somewhere. Just a note, though: there are definitely places and periods in history where lower class folk have been forced to burn more calories than they take in. They usually die young.
- You need protein for muscle. Musclebound characters? They need to be getting their protein from somewhere. Most sources are meat or animal products, but you can find sources of protein for poor or vegetarian/vegan characters/societies.
- Deficiencies are a problem. If your characters only eat one thing or another, they’re going to have health problems. For example, eating only meat is going to leave you without the important vitamins you get from vegetables/plants/fruits. And eating only leeks is going to leave your body without the building blocks necessary to keep growing. However, on this note, potatoes are a pretty sufficient food with milk, as I recall.
- Different environments allow different diets. The steppes, for example, would not be that conducive to farming, and so agricultural diets would be out the window. Living by the sea means fish will probably be on the menu. And living somewhere with a long winter would mean preserved food would be a very likely meal choice. It’s all about location, location, location.
Food is an important part of world building. Don’t forget about it!
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Words, man. Words.
"We saw people flying out of the window…those are my neighbors."
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41 Flavors of Body Language for Writers (very nice guide/reference)
Reveal Character Through Body Language (a good quick reference with emotions and behaviors associated with them)
Non-Writing Specific Guides
Dimensions of Body Language (very extensive with pictures)
Body Language Index (lots of tables, resources, and terms. I highly recommend checking out this link)
“The bottom line is that saying there are differences in male and female brains is just not true. There is pretty compelling evidence that any differences are tiny and are the result of environment not biology,” said Prof Rippon.
“You can’t pick up a brain and say ‘that’s a girls brain, or that’s a boys brain’ in the same way you can with the skeleton. They look the same.”
Prof Rippon points to earlier studies that showed the brains of London black cab drivers physically changed after they had acquired The Knowledge – an encyclopaedic recall of the capital’s streets.
She believes differences in male and female brains are due to similar cultural stimuli. A women’s brain may therefore become ‘wired’ for multi-tasking simply because society expects that of her and so she uses that part of her brain more often. The brain adapts in the same way as a muscle gets larger with extra use.
“What often isn’t picked up on is how plastic and permeable the brain is. It is changing throughout out lifetime
“The world is full of stereotypical attitudes and unconscious bias. It is full of the drip, drip, drip of the gendered environment.”
Prof Rippon believes that gender differences appear early in western societies and are based on traditional stereotypes of how boys and girls should behave and which toys they should play with.
Many writers aspire to have their novel released via a publishing house after or instead of self–publishing, but have no idea how to approach the subject appropriately. When submitting your manuscript, it’s necessary to write a covering letter that is sent either before or alongside your work. It’s best to keep cover letters short and simple, while at the same time including enough vital information about your piece. We have listed below a few dos and don’ts when it comes to writing a cover letter.
- Mention any positive reasons that you chose the publishing house, without using too much obvious flattery. Editors are interested to know why your work is so well suited for that particular company.
- Very briefly summarise the novel, describing the genre and touching on the basic plot synopsis, and perhaps including what current market or trend the novel fits into. Next time we will be touching more on how to write an effective synopsis for submission.
- Keep the submission about the novel; personal biography should be kept short and to the point.
- Be aggressive or arrogant; try to stay as humble and polite as possible. After all, it is unwise to suggest you are doing an editor a favour by writing to them.
- Use flowery or over-complicated language. Recipients will not be impressed with an overly formal, unreadable letter that suggests you do not know what style is appropriate. Keep it well written, simple and to the point.
- Challenge the editor. Fairly obvious, but questioning whether a publisher is bold or brave enough to take on a groundbreaking new manuscript may not give the best impression of its writer.
By RowanvaleBooks. Make sure to check out the website for more interesting articles.
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- The Danger of The Published Author Fantasy
- Five Lies Writers Are Told
- How A Book Gets Published
- How Do You Go About Getting Published
- Formatting your manuscript
- How to research the best literary agents for your book
- What I’m not going to blog about
- Signs that you’re not ready to publish
- Anatomy of a query letter, step by step
- You’ve finished your manuscript! Now what?
- E-queries, how to submit online to agents and editors
- Literary agents, good or evil?
- How to get published
- The Publishing Industry and Making Money Off Books
- A self-publishing guide of sorts
- Choosing a Publishing Path
- How to Publish a Short Story
- Top 10 Literary Magazines to Send Your Best Flash