Fighting Words



Advance, assail, assault, beset, charge, drive, foray, hurtle, launch, lunge, maul, press forward, push, rush, storm, surge


Blast, breach, carve, cleave, cleft, crack, cripple, crunch, demolish, destroy, disable, disfigure, disintegrate, divide,…



I really want a science fiction story where aliens come to invade earth and effortlessly wipe out humanity, only to be fought off by the wildlife.

They were expecting military resistance. They weren’t counting on bears.

Literally I would read thousands of words of this. 

Isn’t War of the Worlds kinda like this?




I do NOT condone whatever things my characters do for plot development, I am not my characters, I do not act like my characters, I purposefully make my characters to not be liked by other chars - you SHOULD hate them, you should think they’re…


so Charlotte Bronte read Emma by Jane Austen and was really interested in this minor character named Jane Fairfax who was poor and would have been a governess had she not married well and then Bronte wrote her own novel exploring the plight of the poor governess who married this guy named Edward Fairfax Rochester in a novel called Jane Eyre and my point is don’t let anyone tell you shit about fanfiction.

20 Aug

I know that this is not blog-related but due to personal experiences on the matter I must share this.

Anonymous: Thank GOD I found this blog, because I had no idea the Strong Black Woman was a thing! Here's my problem: I'm writing a fantasy novel with four main characters, one of whom is a black woman. And she is, um... extremely strong. Kind of the leader of the whole society? Feared/revered by all? So cue me freaking out that I'm falling into this exact trap. BUT the whole arc of her character throughout the book is finding out that she DOES have emotions, weaknesses, etc. - if that's the case, is it ok?


The Strong Black Woman: Writing away from the trope

Well, if her arc is about getting in touch with her emotions, weaknesses, and acceptance of help from others then it sounds like she’s dismantling this trope! I’m gonna quote myself on this because I was asked about writing away from the SBW trope a while ago on my personal and what I’d said there seems pretty relevant to your question:

Tokenism: For starters, a good solution is to not make her your sole Black female character in the entire book (that’d make her a token. And that’s not good.) so she’s not responsible for being your one rep for Black women. Cuz even if there’s that one Black character who kinda might fit the trope, you’ve got another Black girl(s) with varying personality and persona who aren’t juicing up that mold.

Know your shit: There’s a difference between a strong woman who happens to be Black and the strong independent black woman trope. Check out the links that’s on that post, which has been added on since the other night by the lovely jhenne-bean. Study what the traits are that make this trope.Then give her facades. Give her nuances. Motivations. Heart.

The jist of the SBW: For a good part, the SBW trope takes away a Black woman’s need to be loved, cherished, cared for; she’s too busy doing all of the above that no one actually considers that she has needs to. So make sure she actually has people who love and care for her and isn’t the only one doing all the grunt work, saving everyone else, never being assisted or saved. It’s not about doing the reverse and damseling the character, but even then getting to be a damsel for once is not inherently regressive for Black women, as long as said woman has more agency than that and isn’t just the damsel.

Give her femininity: While there’s no real definition of feminine, don’t erase her womanhood and make her this sexless, unfeeling, pain-absorbing bearing the grunt of everything (this dates back to slavery, used to justify black women’s treatment and made her no “threat” to the White women.) It deserves repeating, but having someone(s) who love or give a whole good shit about her is a fine way to stretch out beyond the SBW trope.

Overall: Let her have emotions: Let her cry. Let her hide her tears. Let her smile. Let her punch someone in the jaw. Let her fret over others. Let her be fretted over. Just let her be a woman with the range of emotions that go natural with her, who also happens to be a badass. Her strength -physical, emotional, or otherwise- shouldn’t be her one defining feature is what I’m saying. Let her be much more than that. When that’s done, she won’t be a trope.

I hope this was useful and well-wishes on your story!

~Mod Colette


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