September 6th, 2012, 10:29 PM
it could be worse
One thing my writing coach told me, that I really like and use: For your first draft, name your characters by their most defining characteristic or flaw (i.e. Brave, Jealous, Nervous, etc.). It gets you over the hurdle of what to name 'em if a name isn't readily apparent, and it helps as a guiding reminder of the "color" you want to paint your characters.
Originally Posted by JRMurdock
Works for me.
September 6th, 2012, 11:06 PM
My approach to names is to have a reference book around of given names and their origins.
I give my character names based on traits in old languages with Greek and Latin origins most of the time, unless another origin is necessary for a character.
Even Googling character names with the origin of names is pretty easy.
Example the name a male hero can be Victor for victory.
For a female hero, Diana is Latin which means, "The bright one."
Alexander The Great's names has been associated with a conqueror with many variations for both male and female names that is perfect for villains, such as a name like Lex, Lexxie, Alex, Alexandria, Lexus, and so on.
September 7th, 2012, 03:42 PM
As someone very wise once said, "sit arse in front of keyboard" (or words to that effect). It just has to be done.
September 10th, 2012, 06:32 AM
The Road Goes Ever On
Very wise words indeed. I really need to take this advice!
Originally Posted by RedMage
September 11th, 2012, 09:49 AM
There is no tomorrow
It's worked wonders for me, Cirias! That was the first night of what has become a week of writing. That's more than I have done since March! I'll admit, though, I did miss last night and one other night last week. But I came back the next day and put more words toward the story. So really, I count that a win.