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notfadeaway asked:

I'm working on a script for a comic I'm creating. My cast is primarily female and I'm worried I have too many women. When you're writing CM (since your cast is largely female) do you ever think, "there should be a guy in here somewhere?" And if so, what do you do? I'm really comfortable writing women, and I love my characters... I see no need for anymore men in the story at this time, but I'm afraid it won't appeal to a large enough audience. 3 prominent women to 1 supporting male? Too much?

wilwheaton:

kellysue:

>too many women

I’m sorry, I don’t know what those words mean in that order. 

>do you ever think, “there should be a guy in here somewhere?”

No. 

>I see no need for anymore men in the story at this time, but I’m afraid it won’t appeal to a large enough audience.

STOP IT. 

You’re trying to sell a thing you haven’t even written yet.  Write the story you would write if you were just going to put it in a drawer.  

Write the story you want to read. 

"You’re trying to sell a thing you haven’t even written yet. Write the story you would write if you were just going to put it in a drawer.

"Write the story you want to read. "

I think that, at some point, all of us who write forget this, and I’m so grateful to Kelly Sue for reminding us.

lewischristian asked:

You have so many posts, so apologies if you've discussed it already and I've missed it... but I wondered if you had any thoughts on Richard Hurndall playing the First Doctor in The Five Doctors?

unwillingadventurer:

No that’s not a problem, we might have talked about it once, can’t really remember. 

We don’t really have any problems with another actor playing him as such, and we think Richard did an alright job and we’d have been sad if the First Doctor was the only one not represented in the Five Doctors, but we’re not really fond of the way he was written in it, very different from how he was most of the time. People always seem to remove the humourous side to the First Doctor and that’s what we really missed from the performance. So we were glad he was included but if they could do the serial again we wish they could improve on his portrayal a bit. There was the odd nice interaction but if your first intro to the First Doctor was this serial, it doesn’t really give a great image of what made him so great. Or maybe we’re just very sensitive to it because we love him so much lol. :)

It’s true. Hurndall put in a good performance, but both he and the writing of the story seemed to only remember the grumpiness of the First Doctor, completely ignoring all the other, much richer and more engaging facets of his personality. It’s a real shame because the First Doctor is such a darling and hardly anyone actually watches his stuff to discover that!

I suppose this comes back to that post I reblogged the other day, which mentioned how there are so many fantastic characters full of varied personality facets, who are only ever remembered for one thing, usually a negative aspect. It seems to be such a Thing and is always such a shame. Sure, it’s easier to boil a character down to a single characteristic, but it does them a huge disservice and is a poor advertisement for any story.

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