So last night I got, for lack of a better word, a pitch from someone on Fimfiction for a Twinkie fic because the person wasn’t comfortable writing Pinkie.
It brought to my attention that one of the things people say most often about my writing on the site is that I write Pinkie really well. I am really not able to say for myself whether or not this is true, but it made me stop and think just what it is that I do that seems to jump up at the people who read my stuff. Here is my conclusion which also doubles, perhaps, as my suggestions for writing Pinkie:
First of all, I don’t find writing Pinkie difficult. At all. The reason for this is that I identify pretty readily with the pony to the point that I started projecting on her and had to step back for a while to sort things out. I even stopped doing analyses of Pinkie-centric episodes because I realized that I was doing less analysis and more self-exposition. Keeping that in mind, Pinkie comes through pretty clearly in my own thoughts and she’s probably one of the easier ponies for me to write.Read More
This is a really good guide. I definitely agree with the part about not relying on stereotypes, and I think it’s particularly an issue when it comes to writing Pinkie. Everyone just wants to make her the silly party pony and/or the crazy straight-haired pony. In both cases there’s not really anything going on internally.
That’s the thing I think people have difficulty with: giving Pinkie Pie a real internal state. We don’t see that much introspection from her on the show most of the time, so it can be hard to imagine what she’s thinking and feeling. And so I think a lot of people (probably including the show writers) ignore that she’s thinking and feeling at all and just have her be silly or crazy.