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Anonymous asked : beautifulfic, I have a writing question and since I adore your fics so much, I thought you might be able to help. Currently some writers on my dash are FREAKING OUT about epithets in fanfic but I've always thought using them helped take away from making certain parts sound monotonous since you can only use a name or pronoun so many times without it sounding ridiculous. Am I wrong here? Are epithets as bad as everyone says? What's your opinion?


An epithet, (I had to look it up to check I was getting this right, btw,) is a descriptive that occurs in place of a commonly used name.

If I know the post anon is talking about, the OP was complaining about people calling John “the short army doctor” or Sherlock “the brilliant consulting detective” or Mycroft “the more cunning Holmes” or similar things within their prose.

The same with many things people flag up as pet peeves, it’s not their use but their abuse that can get people’s knickers in a twist. In balance, they’re fine. Simple epithets can break up the monotony of a passage, and can get you out of the name/pronoun trap (pronouns being a particular issue with two same-gendered protagonists, as you get a lot of the same pronoun going on.)

Mostly, I use them as a tool in POV, and I try not to go overboard. John and Sherlock (whose POV I occupy) are unlikely to refer to each other either vocally or narratively by an epithet unless potentially making an observation through a broader world view. They’re too close for that.

Both, however, are likely to call (or think of) Sally or Lestrade by their job titles almost interchangeably (Sherlock is unlikely to call them by first name at all, sticking to last names or professions. John would probably call Greg “Greg” but possibly stick to Donovan with Sally.)

In the case of Mycroft, I think he would occasional use epithets when considering Sherlock, possibly as a method of distancing himself (that damnable sentiment getting in the way) and is likely to do so to others to maintain an authoritative stance. (In the show, he calls John Doctor Watson when he’s trying to be commanding, and John when he’s trying to patronise or endear for example. That’s not quite an epithet, but it’s an illustrative variation of direct address that could hint at his motivations.)

Basically, I don’t think it’s a case of you should never, ever use epithets. (One post I saw go past said that if you were about to refer to any characters at “The…” anything, then you shouldn’t, and that seems wrong to me) but they should be used with care. It’s very easy for it to become a habit, and for them to slip in unconsciously. For it to become almost a regular thing, which can lead to the writer setting an unconscious rhythm or pronoun, name, epithet use which can read very strangely indeed.

Tl;dr? All things in moderation. As long as you’re consciously aware of your use of epithets and keeping them in line, I don’t think you should worry too much. They’re another tool in your writer’s arsenal, not something that should be shunned as amateurish or distasteful when used in the right place.

That’s my thoughts on it. Thanks for the question, hun!






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Was editing the chapter of Last Blood that I want to post but then I realized I need more explanation of some of my OC’s…and it would totally fit right here. Now I’m here adding a whole other chapter into the middle of the story. 

I just bought a series on lesbian princesses and Alena/Rose bought a book about lesbian pirates I love Pride so much

I babysat until 6 last night, fell asleep at 9 and am going to Denver Pride today so Last Blood will have to wait to be updated. I know I said the 20th but I nanny-d this whole week and have a vacation starting tomorrow. Sorry about that :(.

I’ve updated the theme and added a little updates tab! To the right you’ll find two little flags. The first one talks about upcoming updates (including deadlines dates for my next update) and the second shows the fics I’m currently chugging away on. 

I know it’s weird since I haven’t posted new content in 2000 years but here it is. 

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Currently editing chapter 11 of Last Blood. It’s good to finally have a new update in the works. In a way, I’m glad it’s been so long - it’s given me a chance to solidify facts and add in more background for some of my OC’s; however, I am sorry it’s taken so long.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to posting. Look for a new update probably tomorrow!

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