Wednesday, June 6, 2018

IWSG - Stressors



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Question - What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

The first book had six different titles until I decided. That stress began to taper off with each book. Now it’s become much more straightforward.

For secondary character names, I generally use family, but for the main characters, I stress. I want the name to fit the characteristics and to paint an instant picture of the person. So yes, after 5 novels it’s still a stressor

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17 comments:

  1. I hear you about the first one being the hardest to nail down. There's so much pressure on a first book!

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  2. I was good with the first one. It was those that followed that messed me up.

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  3. For me as I write Middle Grade novels and do a lot of world building, its the name of the objects, creatures and other stuff that stresses me out. The titles and character names are easy.

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  4. Finding appropriate names for my characters is hard, so hard that I'll probably finish my first draft with placeholder names.

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  5. I think character names are the bigger stressor for me too. For some reason last names are the worst for me! I hate coming up with them.

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  6. Six different titles? That would've been hard to narrow down to the lucky one, but you choose well. :)

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  7. Most of my main characters' names came from the Bible.

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  8. I've used name generators and baby name websites to find the right name for a character. Some do pop into my head. Of course, with two of my upcoming works, I know the title but not a single character's name.

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  10. Hi Yolanda - I think I'd struggle with names ... but sometimes struggle with titles for my blog post - and have trouble thinking of what to write ... 'unravelled' comes to mind! Cheers and good luck with your writing - Hilary

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  11. Too funny. I never use family names, but I could. I need to do something thinking. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  12. I use family names and I like to tuck bit parts into my stories that have the names of my crit partners. They get a big kick out of it. I even wound up in one of Nan Marino's stories as a flower seller. Just part of the game writers play, I guess. I'm signing up for WEP again. I hope I can come through. I'd like to.

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  13. I have used my own name in a book lol so I'm not above family names either. I tend to switch and use middle names and maiden names and such.

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  14. Names are way easier for me than titles. I still haven't figured it out for this manuscript.

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  15. I have no trouble choosing character names, but titles are a bit trickier, since my story keeps modifying itself, LOL. Writing doesn't stress me, except when I can't find enough time to hide in my den and create.

    Hope you're well...:-)

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  16. Titles can be really tricky. Took me three tries to figure out my current WIP's.

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