I really wasn't sure where to put this. Because it partly developing siblings and a mother who gave birth to them. And it's partly just a question. Do you think these age gaps are ridiculous? From the Main character's perspective: 13 years apart from the Eldest child 11 years apart from the Middle child 8 years apart from the Second youngest His sister's current ages are as follow: 35 38 40 He is 27 Their mother is 60 and would have had them roughly 20, 22, 25, and later on 33. So, why such a large gap to have the child? Did they just consider they didn't want any children any more and then they had him? I kind of would like a woman's insight in why the sudden gap. ---- How do I reflect intelligence? The main character in this strange psychological horror slice of life finding your identity novel is a genius. But, what does that mean? And I cannot make him a math genius because I am not good at math. So that's out of the question. So, what kinds of form of intelligence are there besides a math genius? And how can I develop that into his character and into the story...well? I know there are things like a musical genius and a science genius. But again, what does that even mean? I understand the textbook version of what they mean. Just to the character. He has a few published works. But then I have to figure out his subject before I can even come up with the name. ---- The last thing is he has a mentor, but even at a young age he has surpassed his mentor. Yet, he can only connect to his mentor on a level that he cannot with other people. But this is more development of the mentor. All though this is first person and follows 27 year old, the mentor is a very key story element. The mentor is who 27 year old goes to when he has trouble. And even clings on the mentor more when he is thrown in a mental ward. How can I reflect how the mentor thinks and feels? I was considering body language. But what kind. I already gave him a fatherly tone. But again, what is a fatherly tone? That isn't an exact emotion. -------- All I am trying to do in this thread is pin point simplistic things that I am making a bit complicated at current. But kind of on purpose. I was more interested in some people's views about these common things in writing. Or I hope. Any assistance is nice and I will be very grateful.