Writing Werewolves?

Question: So far, the only thing I know about my story is that I want a werewolf protagonist. I have read plenty of stories about someone being turned into a werewolf and struggling with that change. But I wanted my protagonist to be born a werewolf, and I did not want werewolves to be mindless creatures subject to the moon's whim. Rather, I wanted them to be very human, but harbor an instinctive destructive, yet protective, force inside of them. That force is what causes humans to be afraid of them.

But the problem is, all I know about the story is that I want my main character to be a werewolf. What I know about my main character is that she is 19 years old, and African American. But aside from that, I'm not sure how to move forward. I cannot decide whether I want to populate my world with just humans and werewolves, or add more nonhumans.
Basically, I don't know how to tie the werewolves in such a way that taking them out would destroy the story.
To sum it all up, I have three basic questions:
1. How should I move forward when all I know is that I want to write about werewolves? What things should I keep in mind? Any book recommendations on writing werewolves?
2. Would it be strange to populate my world with humans, werewolves, and magicians? I thought that the magicians, since they are more useful and essentially human, would be welcomed by society while werewolves are treated like pariahs. Is this too cliche?
3. How do I choose a setting for a story about werewolves? In your opinion, what kind of place would they live in?


1. Try asking yourself what types of problems/situations a 19-year-old Afro-American female werewolf might find herself in. What problems arise from being 19? From being Afro-American? From being a werewolf? How about all three at once? Make a list. Then ask yourself questions about each possibility. A number of story ideas will emerge.

2. You're writing about a werewolf and you're worried about the story seeming strange? As long as the story world makes sense to you and is internally consistent, you're fine. Also, cliches are fine, as long as you put a fresh spin on them or combine them in new ways.

3. You have to decide where you want your werewolves to live, according to what interests to you. Where and when do you think they would live? Ask yourself what different types of problems would arise in different settings, and see which ones intrigue you the most.

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Oct 09, 2014
Werewolf writing help
by: Anonymous

I would recommend that when writing about werewolves first thing you should do is decide whether it be a romance, historical, or comedy, or what other genre(s) you want your story to be.

Figure out what you want your main character's name to be and some of the other character's names. THink about their traits too, if they are out-going, shy, quiet, passionate, determined, interested, intellectual, or angry. Figure out what your character's goal/future (in the story) is and what will stop them from getting it. Internal or external conflicts or both.

answer some of these questions in your head and I hope this helps get you started. Also, if you know what you want to happen in your story but don't know how to start it, just go ahead and jump right into the "good stuff" and come back and write the beginning whenever you want.

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