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Monday, June 22, 2015

Naming Characters

Hello!

An important part of characters is naming. So, how do you decide on what to name your character?

It's perfectly fine to name your character for someone you know, but understand that the person may think that you're directly writing about him or her.

You don't have to have a modern or invented name, even if you're writing fantasy or YA. It's ok, but not everyone has to be named after a gemstone, a nature name or something androgynous.

Baby name books or websites are great for characters.

If you're writing historical fiction, make sure your name is accurate for the times. Great sources of names are census information, family history, or by doing a web search for the most popular names from the decade of your character's birth. For example, "most popular boy's name from 1900" will supply you with a variety of ideas.

For the ease of your readers, it's better if your characters' names are differentiated so that they are not easily confused. This includes not having names that all start with the same letter or ones that are too close in endings. For example, naming your characters Amanda, Ashley, Anna and Anne can confuse your readers.

Sometimes naming your characters can supply a source of extra information or insight into their personalities or the plot. For example, a character may be given a name for what the name means.

It's also important to name your characters in a way that is fitting of their station in life, ethnicity and background.

How do you name your characters?

My best to you all,
Megan


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Writer Wednesday: The Dress Shop of Dreams

Hello!
On today's Writer Wednesday, I'm discussing The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna Van Praag. This book is magical. Literally. It's infused with magical realism. The dialogue also dances across the page.
Although I fully believe in the sentiments of not judging a book by its cover in real life and all that implies, I admit that I was drawn to this book by its cover. I wasn't disappointed!

Cora is a scientist who was mysteriously orphaned as a young girl. She shares a strong relationship with her grandmother, Etta, who owns a dress shop. Etta's dress shop is far from ordinary, though, because her dresses are specifically meant for people and with a few stitches, Etta infuses each dress with magic so that it supplies the customer with exactly what she needs to fulfil her deepest desires. On the same street of Etta's dress shop is a book shop owned by Walt. He's been friends with Cora forever, but with magic in the air, anything might happen.

There's also mysteries stitched in from the past that unfold in fascinating ways, a beautiful weaving of characters and a Cyrano-inspired story built in. The Dress Shop of Dreams is one of the best books that I've read in awhile. I highly recommend it!

My best to you all,
Megan

Monday, June 15, 2015

Beware of Plot Holes! Easy Tips to Overcome them

Hello! 
On today's post I'm offering suggestions on overcoming plot holes. 



My best to you all,
Megan 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Five Easy Tips for Revising Your Writing

Hello! 
In today's post, I'm offering tips for revising or self-editing your novels. Feel free to ask any questions you have in the comments section. 

My best to you all,
Megan