Your Heroine Does Not Need Violet Eyes

16 Mar

Sorry this is late everyone; I forgot that Tuesdays were vlog day!

Anyway, this vlog is a personal one I did a few weeks ago, and it has a lot to do with the article I posted yesterday about Rules for Writing. This vlog is slightly comedic, and deals with ‘special’ characters.



Savannah J. Foley is the author of the Antebellum (originally known as Woman’s World) series on Fictionpress. She has written five novels, owns her own freelance writing company, and is signed with the Bradford Literary Agency. Antebellum is currently out on submissions. Her website is, but she updates more frequently on her livejournal.


13 Responses to “Your Heroine Does Not Need Violet Eyes”

  1. Angela March 16, 2010 at 5:33 PM #

    I remember seeing this vlog a few weeks ago. It’s my favorite.

    I’ll be honest. When I was younger, I made the same mistakes that you mentioned in the video. My heroine not only had violet eyes, but she had naturally violet hair! LOL

    • Vanessa March 16, 2010 at 5:36 PM #

      Lol, I’m pretty sure EVERYONE has been guilty of this at some point in time!

    • svonnah March 18, 2010 at 2:37 PM #

      I think if her hair is violet too then it’s perfectly okay 🙂

  2. Biljana March 16, 2010 at 6:13 PM #

    Hahahaha yeah, not gonna lie, when I was ten I made my heroine have violet eyes…and by violet I mean very purple; not that dark blue kind. I’m pretty sure my thought process was “Blue feels too preppy and brown feels too plain, but I’ve never seen purple eyes before!”

    I remember also thinking of orange… There is a reason, I believe, that that particular colour never caught on.

    • Vanessa March 16, 2010 at 7:51 PM #

      I totally had a character with violet eyes and blue hair. No lie. She also wielded a bazooka. It’s a time in my writing life I’d prefer to forget.

  3. Jennifer March 16, 2010 at 6:48 PM #

    When I was thirteen, I had two characters with special colored eyes (purple and orange – with sparkles, I should mention). But since it actually did tip off the bad guys and was a plot function, I try not to get too down on my younger self.

  4. Becca March 16, 2010 at 7:53 PM #

    Haha! My hero has sexy green eyes, but I’m staunchly resolute in keeping them because they were inspired by my husband’s very own sexy green eyes.

    Great vlog! 😀

  5. cgwriter March 17, 2010 at 10:54 AM #

    HAHAHA! “Look. Noobs.”

    I like harsh Savannah! We need more of this. Sugarcoating helps no one.

    • svonnah March 18, 2010 at 2:40 PM #

      Awesome 🙂 I will try to be Harsh!Savannah more often.

  6. Carradee November 4, 2010 at 8:07 PM #


    Love it. I tend to give my “special” characters normal brown eyes and hair… at least since I was old enough to realize, “Wait a minute… other hair/eye colors are rare in reality, so they should be rare in my characters, too.”

    Okay, so my “specials” tend to be short and slim, but that’s because it’s hard to figure out day-to-day effects of being tall and/or large if you’re short and slim, yourself.

  7. Jenna Black March 23, 2014 at 3:33 PM #

    I always loved special birthmark characters as a kid. I got to pretend that my diamond birthmark marked me as one of them.

    And yeah… I’ve had so many purple-eyed drafts… :/


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