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February 11, 2013

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What are the most important things to remember when naming your characters?

Recently, io9 talked about character names that should be banned, and and it got me thinking about naming characters in general.  I don’t necessarily agree that you should never use the name Katherine (as the author suggests, among other things), but I do think that there are important things that need to be taken into consideration so as not to distract the reader from the story.  Whenever the reader gets pulled out of the story by something jarring (like an ill-fitting character name), they are more likely to put that book down.  And the reader putting your book down is bad, right?  I thought so, too.

Every writer has their own opinion about naming characters in their stories, but I personally subscribe to the screenwriter method.  This method is pretty clearly outlined in William M. Akers’ Your Screenplay Sucks:…

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Commodious – a writing space…

February 11, 2013

Commodious – definition: having a comfortable amount of space.

We all need space in which to flourish, live and create. How many of us have a writing space? It may be the end of the dining room table, (that’s how I started) a real writing desk or if we are extremely lucky a whole room…there I go again – dreaming!

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But ‘space’ can also be relevant to how we perceive our surroundings. It may be the quiet space of a library that gives our creativity room to grow or simply putting in headphones to shut out external noise.  No matter where we find ourselves physically once we begin creating, it is apparent to those around us that once there ,we are in a zone of our own. This space has no boundaries and is therefore commodious. It is our space and exponentially expanding all the time. Our ideas have room to expand and formulate there without hindrance.


It may be a walk in the country or a car ride to a remote location that can be space enough for us to look beyond the day to day. To clear our minds and let our muse whisper to us. But it could also be curled up on the settee, pen and paper in hand while the family watch a movie beside us.

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Our character’s also need ‘space’ in which to grow within the confines of our story arc. As we write they often surprise us with actions we had not previously thought of and make a detour or two. Let go of the leash and see where they take you – it’s all part of the wonderment that is creative writing.


How do you find your ‘space’?

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