Naming characters can be hard. Is for me. I worry over them like newborn babes.
Just how important is choosing the right name?
Turns out very! That is if you want to write memorable characters. No writer wants their readers to go whats-his-name killed whois.No, we want our characters to come alive on paper. Well, how do we select really good names? I don’t know all the answers but Anne R. Allen wrote a post…
In her post, she gives us ten things to consider when selecting names.
- Name only star players.
- I love this tip. A delivery guy is just a delivery guy.
- Don’t confuse readers with same sounding names.
- Don’t change names in the middle of the story.
- Nickname? State it up front and go with it. I need to give this some thought.
- Make sure the name fits the century.
- Check the spelling and name is familiar in the country, state you’re writing about.
- Don’t make up fake names unless writing fantasy.
- Only works for fake worlds.
- Run your chosen names through Google.
- Good advice. Don’t want the name to be a real person living around the corner.
- Avoid overused names.
- Hmm, may have a problem here. Got work to do.
- Try name generators.
- I like Scrivener generator but there are several on the web.
- Check the obituaries for a cool name.
- If you decide to change a name mid-stride of your WIP, do a search and replace to catch each one.
I believer her tips could also apply to places.
Click on Anne’s link above and read her entire post, she gives a lot more information and a few great resource links.
Well? What did you think?
Do you need to change a characters name?
Think you are better prepared to select a name?
Do you have any good tips to share for picking the perfect name?
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Favorite Tips for writers and bloggers
My email inbox looks like a kids bright, colored star chart. Seems I can’t read just one, of the many wonderful bloggers that pop up daily, without saving the link and assigning it a color-coded star.
Because each tip I read seems better than the last, and who knows, the next newsletter or blog post, might hold the best tip ever to make me a better writer…
In fact, I wrote a post, in this very blog, regarding my weakness.
Does that make me an email hoarder? My fingers trembled over that last word. Hope your computer screen didn’t shake.
So today, before hitting delete, I decided to share a few of my favorites. This post would be too long to list them all. But it’s a great place to save them, other than my inbox.
10 greatest hits from my star spangled gmail inbox:
- Copyblogger, “Keep it simple, but not simplistic.”
- Brainstorms & Bylines, Summer Market Roundup
- Writers Village, Six Mistakes That Even Top Authors Make
- Anne R. Allen’s Blog, How to Write for the 21st Century Reader
- Jodie Llewellyn, What words will improve your writing?
- Story Fix, A Better way to open your novel
- Ash Ambirge Why Your Writing Sucks
- The Kill Zone, Where Good Plots Go to Die
- The Write Practice, Write a Better Backstory
- Janice Hardy’s Fiction University, Five Ways to Kick Your Writing up a Notch
What are some of your favorite links? I’d love to read them.
The good, bad and ugly of a critique group.
She did it again, provided a wealth of information for writers. So, I just had to pass on these great tips. Click here to read Anne R. Allen’s blog, posted Sunday, August 3, 2014 where she explains the good, bad and ugly of critique groups. Awarded by Writer’s Digest in 2013 as one of the Best Websites for Writers, she never fails to deliver great insight and timely information.
Sometimes we don’t get to pick what type of group is available in our area. Don’t let that discourage you from becoming involved.
As Ms. Allen writes, if you know how to read between the lines, you can benefit from a critique group.
She describes ten groups, and how to glean the best from each leaving a better writer.
Have you ever been crushed by #5) The Punctuation Police?
Ever sat down with a red face after your story was cut to ribbons by #10) The Vicious Circle?
Or wonder how on earth you’d fit in with #4) The Poetry Slam?
Ms. Allen’s post is filled with tips on what to ignore, how to read between the lines and best of all how to come away a better writer.
Read and find out where does your group fall.
I hope y’all enjoy reading her post as much as I did.