Anonymous:
Hey Quel! How do you play a sociopathic character?





altf4pls:

Uuhh… :| How do I play one, or how do you play one in general? Because they’re two different things in general.

I suppose answering the latter would be more helpful. First, figure out how your character is “sociopathic”. These type of characters don’t always need to be the “sadistic serial killer that steals your babies in the night and feeds them to demons mwahahaha she’s so evil!”

Regard these persons not as “how evil” they could be, but first think of what “sociopathic” means. What people consider “sociopathic” actually tend to be prevalent in highly successful people:

  • a lack of shame
  • highly competitive
  • incredibly ambitious
  • muted to no empathy
  • easy liars, expert liars
  • react to extreme emotional stimuli in very stoic manner
  • very charming and charismatic
  • high intelligence
  • highly manipulative (emotionally or psychologically)
  • violent (this can be physical, but it can also be emotionally or psychologically)
  • extreme self-confidence (could be to the point of megalomania)

Many people have these traits individually, or a select few of them. I, myself, have a lack of shame, muted empathy, I’m told I’m very charming and charismatic, I hardly respond to stimuli that would make others anxious or afraid, I have high self-confidence, and high intelligence. I have what psychology calls “primary psychopathic traits”; the affective aspects of psychopathy. There’s also the “secondary psychopathic traits”, which is, in fact, not psychopathy, but ASPD. These concern mostly a lack of socially rewarded behaviour.

Now, the “primary” part is nature, whereas the “secondary” is nurture. You can have “primary” traits, but that doesn’t mean you turn out to be a ruthless killer that stomps on bunnies for fun. It’s undoubtedly that you’ll note a person with “primary” traits in your life, but it takes two pieces of the puzzle to turn a person into the “sociopathic character of tales and fantasies”. A Hannibal Lecter, if you were, if I had to name someone most everyone is familiar with.

So how do you play a “sociopathic” character? It depends on what route you want to go. Do you want this to be an overall good person - or as good as they can be - or an overall bad person? If they’re a “bad” person, do they want to change it? Do they not care? Do they revel in it? If they’re a “good” person, what is it about them that makes them good, despite perhaps their “primary” traits? Do they recognise their lack of empathy and try to make up for it by rational sympathy (not caring from the heart, but caring from the mind, not “feeling” it, but doing it anyway because it’s a good thing to do)? Do they isolate themselves from other people, or do they try to reach out to people? How do they cope with their inability to really connect with people, or do they have people they have connected with emotionally?

There’s really no simple answer. A person with “primary” and/or “secondary” traits can be just as complex as you, yourself, and maybe even moreso. There’s no one way to play a person with this brain and behavioural structure. Two people can have the same sets of traits, and still be vastly different people. What matters here is intentmotivedesire. What is your intent for this character? What is your motive, and what is your desire of it? Even better, what is their intent, or motive, or desire?

I know you probably wanted an easy answer, but there is none. Despite myself, despite Tomo, and John, and Nikolay, I cannot tell you how to play a “sociopathic” character. Despite the fact that I, Tomo, John, and Nikolay all share so-called “primary” traits, I am not any of these characters, and these characters are nothing like one another. Four examples of how these “primary” traits work, and four different personalities altogether.

That’s all I can really say about that.


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creepykageyama:
i just read your post about genderqueer characters, and it's really helpful! this is kind of a weird question, but my main character for my nanowrimo novel, andi, is an agender android and i was wondering if you had any things i should know/tips/ideas??





morkierps:

Hi! I’m actually dating someone who is agender, so I asked them a few questions about the subject. They’re not an android unfortunately though, but you work with what you’re given, right? Here’s what my sweetheart told me (expanded on by me). (Both tips for roleplaying and for NaNo.)

1) Agender, depending on who you ask, is either a gender identity or the lack of a gender identity. Some people who identify as agender will tell you that they don’t have a gender, others will say their identify is gender-neutral. It’s up to you to decide how you use either of these definitions in your character. The differences are subtle, but can be important.

2) You can use anyone as an agender face claim (or in the case of writing a novel, your agender character can look however you want them to look.) You don’t have to look androgynous to be agender, just like you don’t have to look any certain way to fit any gender. Pronouns can vary just like looks can, so don’t be afraid to give your character a preferred pronoun set or even multiple pronoun sets.

3) It’s heavily recommended that, unless your story is one revolving around gender struggles, that you don’t focus too heavily on the gender identity of the android character. Don’t be afraid to address it, but unless it’s integral to your plot, don’t overdo it. This isn’t because there’s something to be ashamed of but because people tend to obsess over small details like this while missing out on the big picture of what makes a character. There’s more to life than just gender identities and sexual orientations. 

So certainly don’t be afraid to go for it. The world needs more genderqueer characters, and you could have the next bestselling novel with a following of people who can identify with your character and others who will learn to accept different gender identities because of it. Good luck on your NaNo!

- Morkie

See also: Z’s Agender Guide


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preview / code

F E A T U R E S

  • 5 customizable links
  • 500px posts
  • 350px sidebar image
  • 1100 x 410px header
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Russian Superstitions

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Omens/Protection

  • Knocking on wood is practiced in Russia as in other countries. However Russians tend to add a symbolic three spits over one’s left shoulder (or simply with the head turned to the left), and Russians will often knock three times as well. Traditionally one was spitting on the devil (who is always on the left).
  • Returning home for forgotten things is a bad omenIt is better to leave it behind, but if returning is necessary, one should look in the mirror before leaving the house again. Otherwise the journey will be bad.
  • If one feels that he or she may have been cursed by someone (the evil eye) or just has the feeling of a hostile presence, it is recommended to remove one’s coat and then put it back on starting with the hand opposing the usually used one. It is also recommended to pin a French Pin inside your clothing to avoid the curse of the evil eye in the first place.
  • Birds that land on a windowsill should be chased away. If they tap on the window, or fly into it (open or closed) it is considered a very bad omen (often of death).
  • A woman with empty water buckets coming towards you is considered a bad omen.
  • It is bad luck to use physical hand gestures to demonstrate something negative using oneself or someone else as the object. For example, when describing a scar you saw on someone’s face you should not gesture on your own face or someone else’s. If you must, you can demonstrate in mid-air. If one does it without realising, it can be countered by making a hand motion towards the body part used and then an abrupt motion away (as if to pick up the bad energy and throw it away) or by wiping the area with your hand and then blowing on your hand (as if to wipe off the bad energy and then blow it away).
  • Looking into a broken mirror almost certainly brings bad luck. The superstition says that if you look into a broken mirror, you break your inner world, and your soul becomes defenceless against the dark forces.

Love

  • Never give yellow flowers to your lover, as it implies that an argument will happen and your relationship will end.
  • Lucky in cards not lucky in love. This, however, is only a pre-marital superstition. The reason for the division is that marriage is a sacrament in the Russian Orthodox Church, and this sacrament, ordained by God, eviscerates the pre-marital superstition. Thus, when a man is bonded by divine sacrament to a single woman whom he loves the cause and effect is reversed: namely, his married love for a single woman, and her love for him, will bring him good fortune in all endeavors including cards.
  • During the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom carry candles. Whoever’s candle died first, was the one who would die first.
  • If a woman puts too much salt on the meals this means she is in love.
  • Do not take your wedding ring off to show it to someone else, or worse still to let them try it on. The wedding ring is worn on your fourth finger, which is the one under the influence of the sun, and is a sign of our heart’s true love. If you take it off to show to another, it means you are giving away your love and happiness to a stranger.
  • In Russian superstition if a couple sets a wedding date and doesn’t end up getting married on that date they can not set another date and should not get married as their union will be cursed.

Cause And Effect

  • If your ears or cheeks are hot, someone is thinking or talking about you (usually speaking ill).
  • If your right eye itches, you’re going to be happy soon. If your left eye itches, you’ll be sad.
  • If you have hiccups, someone is remembering you at this moment.
  • If an eyelash falls out you’ll receive a gift. If someone finds an eyelash on someone he or she will sometimes let the person blow it away and make a wish.
  • If a fork or spoon falls on the ground, expect a female guest. If a knife falls, expect a male guest.
  • If someone sneezes while telling something, it means he or she is telling the truth.

Miscellaneous

  • Russians will typically avoid talking about pending successes. They believe that it is bad luck to talk about upcoming success before it actually occurs.
  • Never greet, or say goodbye to someone in a doorwayThe threshold divides people, and in traditional Russian folklore, the house spirit resides here, so this superstition says that your greetings and gifts will not bring fortune or good luck.
  • It is best to cut your hair or nails during a full moon.
  • When someone is talking about something very undesirable or bad, the listener should say in Russian “Типун тебе на язык!” (tipun tebe na yazyk), which is generally translated as “Curse that tongue of yours!”. This expression is not meant to be offensive at all but is rather used as a spell for prevention of evil and bad luck.
  • Moving to the new house one must first let a cat go in first to assure harmony in the household.
  • If you sing on an empty stomach, you will chase your money away.
  • Do not pick up coins from the road. The popular belief is that such coins carry negative energy if they were thrown by a bad person and cause sickness.

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ancwritingresources:

Resources: Writing Injuries and in Hospitals 
So you want to write about an injured character, but it’s been years since you’ve been to the hospital, or you’ve simply never had this particular injury. It’s been said that writers should write what they know, but this advice is limiting and outdated. With a whole world of information out there, there’s no reason you shouldn’t write the character you want. So when writing an injured character, it’s important to know which injuries will lead you to which parts of the hospital, what a hospital is like, and what procedures, treatments, and recovery is like for each particular injury. Here are some sources I hope will help. 

Hospitals:
Best Hospitals In the US
List of United States Hospitals and Medical Centers
The Purpose of Color Coded Scrubs
Hospital Color Codes
Hospital Standards
An Example Hospital Layout
New Hospital Visitation Policies 
Injuries


Traumatic Brain Injury
Common Car Accident Caused Injuries
How Do Comas Work?
How Do Bones Break and How To Fix Them
10 Incurable Diseases
How Is Cancer Diagnosed? (For More on Cancer, Check Here.)
Preparing For Your Hospital Stay
Preparing for Inpatient Surgery
Recovery:


Recovering From Abdominal Surgery
56 Things to Do While Recovering From Surgery
What To Expected When Recovering From Surgery
Recovering From Falls
Life After Cancer Treatment

Remember that every injury is as unique as your character, but it’s important to know the facts; the more details you can give, the more the reader will understand what your character is going through. This is a great way to set the stakes, set up a plot, or set the scene. 

ancwritingresources:

Resources: Writing Injuries and in Hospitals 

So you want to write about an injured character, but it’s been years since you’ve been to the hospital, or you’ve simply never had this particular injury. It’s been said that writers should write what they know, but this advice is limiting and outdated. With a whole world of information out there, there’s no reason you shouldn’t write the character you want. So when writing an injured character, it’s important to know which injuries will lead you to which parts of the hospital, what a hospital is like, and what procedures, treatments, and recovery is like for each particular injury. Here are some sources I hope will help. 

Hospitals:

Injuries
Recovery:
Remember that every injury is as unique as your character, but it’s important to know the facts; the more details you can give, the more the reader will understand what your character is going through. This is a great way to set the stakes, set up a plot, or set the scene. 

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cthulhu-with-a-fez:

adlersassistant:

worthyourweightinfanfiction:

ghostdrive:

#hello #i hate what you’ve done with the place 


Oh you’ve redecorated…
I don’t like it

i acknowledge that this house has had a renovation, but given that it’s a stupid-ass renovation, i’ve elected to ignore it.

cthulhu-with-a-fez:

adlersassistant:

worthyourweightinfanfiction:

ghostdrive:

Oh you’ve redecorated…

I don’t like it

i acknowledge that this house has had a renovation, but given that it’s a stupid-ass renovation, i’ve elected to ignore it.


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Bang Bang Bangy Bang

fleeing-the-horde:

Not so long ago I wrote a piece called Stab Stab Stabby Stab, which was a brief guide to stab wounds.

This is a brief guide to gunshot wounds.

There will probably be blood involved.

Gunshot wounds occur when someone is, you guessed it, shot. Usually if you aren’t in a war, the reasons for guns being shot would be criminals, cops, suicides and accidents. 

Guns are not all alike. Personally, I don’t have a lot of experience with guns, and by that, I mean I don’t have any. 

However usually, people shoot their characters for a bit of drama. They don’t usually shoot to kill. That means you should carefully consider what you’re going to shoot them with.

First of all, here are some words you might not know the meaning of.

Caliber  - the caliber is the internal diameter of a gun barrel. This also indicates the diameter of what it shoots. 

Bore - this is the inside of a gun barrel, which a bullet travels along. In a rifled barrel, which means that the bore has grooves cut into it, a bullet will gain spin from these grooves. In a smoothbore, there is no rifling. Most handguns and rifles have rifled bores, most shotguns have smooth.

Gauge - this refers to the size of a shotgun bore. It refers to the number of lead balls of that size that it takes to make a pound. A twenty gauge shotgun takes twenty to the pound, a twelve gauge takes twelve balls to the pound.

Safety - This is the cutoff device that keeps you from shooting yourself in the foot by accident. Once the safety is off, then you actually could shoot yourself in the foot.

Magazine - A magazine is a container which holds one or more rounds of ammunition in a firearm when this ammo is not in the position for firing. A magazine can be built into the gun or removable. Removable ones are often called clips. That’s wrong. 

Now onto the fun stuff.

Injuries

Injuries from a gun are only likely to be fatal when they result from organ damage, infection, or blood loss, all of which are fully possible. As it is with the stabbing, it all depends on the impact zone. Major organs generally are well supplied with blood and it can be difficult to stop bleeding. Bullet wounds to the face and head can be survived, despite popular belief, however they are likely to result in disfigurement and/or cognitive damage.

Entrance vs. Exit Wounds

Sometimes the entrance and exit wounds to a gunshot wound can be clean, meaning the bullet went right on through, causing no more than superficial damage. The entrance wound of a bullet is usually smaller and fairly symmetrical in comparison to an exit wound, which can be big, ragged and messed up with skin, tissue, muscle and bone damage. Gunshot exit wounds are often bigger because the bullet has slowed done, meaning it’s harder to keep pushing through.The size of the wounds depends on the caliber of the bullet and the proximity of the shooter. 

Other Markings

Bullets leave marks other than holes in your body. Entrance wounds are often ringed with the residue of two substances - gunpowder and cordite, both of which are contained within a bullet. A close range gunshot, say if the weapon is touching your body, will normally leave an ‘abrasion ring’ and a clear imprint of the gun barrel.

Bleeding

Like stabbing, the amount you bleed varies on how close the wound is to the heart. Bleeding is usually a good choice when you want to cause drama by shooting your character, but not necessarily kill them. It doesn’t lead to long term injury or even extended recovery time, however, this isn’t always what happens. If blood loss is severe enough, then organs - like your brain - will be damaged by loss of oxygen.

Best and Worse Places to be Shot

If you want to die, get shot in the liver. Or stomach. Anywhere in that region, really. Bullets can do damage, and one thing you don’t want damaged is your stomach. Things leak. You get blood poisoning. You die. The same is true for lungs . Your lungs will fill up with blood, and you suffocate.

Yeah. Not cool.

On the other hand, getting shot in a really meaty place, like the inside of your thigh or even an arm, will hurt like a bitch, but you’ll probably live. If a bone gets hit, it might cause permanent damage, but at least you won’t be dead.

Body Armor

How many times have you watched a cop show, seen a character be shot, lie there for a minute with eyes shut, looking dead, their partner/lover/both having a good old meltdown, and then they open their eyes and breathe, “I was wearing *gasp* a vest.”

And they live.

Body armor is kind of overstated. For one thing, not everyone can get their hands on a bulletproof vest. And although it can protect against low caliber ammunition  - remember, that’s smaller bullets, folks (I think) - it has limited protection when it comes to higher caliber shots, it is pretty much useless against things like a rifle. 

In conclusion, and a final note, do some research before you start firing fictional bullets. People have survived seemingly fatal shots with no ill-effects, and others have died when it looked like they’d be fine. And forget about leaping for cover in a shoot-off, if a bullet doesn’t hit a person, it’ll hit someone else, and there’ll be glass and shit flying everywhere. You could get injured without being shot.

Bonus: A Bow and Arrow is Fairly Harmless, Right?

Wrong, bitches. I can’t stress this enough. I actually am an archer, and I have met so many people who think that a bow and arrow is a dinky little Robin Hood thing. This was the original firearm, people. It’s an Olympic Sport. Have you ever seen a compound bow? Do you know how much strength it takes to pull one of these things back? Can you imagine how much force an arrow is flying with? Oh sure, it’s not a machine gun, but do you really wanna get shot with one? An arrow shot from one of those things can go straight through you, and you idiots wanna play chicken with it? 

Don’t be a moron. And don’t underestimate a bow. 

 


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