Writing Lesson: Naming Your Character Your character's name is one of the most important decisions you have to make when writing a story. There are tons of resources for naming your characters (baby name websites being my personal favorite) but there are also many things you should take into consideration. Here are some do's and don'ts in no particular order.Writing Lesson: Naming Your Character2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Similar names for twins I read an article on names recently that expressly forbid the use of matching or similar twin names because it was "overdone". While yes, naming your twins Jayden and Kayden can be a bit tacky sounding, the truth is that people do it. A lot. I've personally met a pair of identical twins named Kirsten and Kristen. Do I think their parents are crazy? A little, but when you're choosing names for your twins, it's hard not to look for rhyming or alliteration. For writers, my only suggestion is to make them visually different enough that readers can tell them apart. Jace and Jackson are easy tw
Writing Tips - Getting StartedWriting Tips - Getting Started5 years ago in Writing More Like This
You want to write a story. Great! But the problem is that you're stuck before you've ever even managed to get the first word down on the page. You're just being taunted by the white page (or screen, as the case may be) in front of you.
If you haven't already, you may want to look into getting your thoughts organised. Figure out what you're going to write about, before trying to write anything. This may mean anything from making a few notes on a page to writing down every single thing that pops into your head, whether or not it's immediately relevant (my preferred method). With a more general (or even a very concrete) idea of where your story is going to go, the words should hopefully come a little more easily.
If that fails to work, try putting on some music. I tend to find that just putting on any old music will actually be counter-productive. Instead, tr
A Guide to Character DevelopmentNumber One: The CharacterA Guide to Character Development2 years ago in Writing More Like This
Before we really get into the fun nit and grit of character development, you're going to need to have filled out the basics. The best advice that I can offer up for this is to fill out multiple questionnaires and profiles about your character. It's a pretty simple task; you can find questionnaires and profiles all over deviantART and the internet in general (in fact I'll just link you to a few in the author's comment below). It's also not a bad idea to take some Mary-Sue/Gary-Stu tests. Don't take them to heart or take them too personally. They're merely a decent building block step to realizing weaknesses and strengths to work on in character personality. Still, if the rating is obnoxiously high, it's a safe bet that you need to scrap the character and start over or really work out all those kinks you mistakenly put into their bio.
The important things to factor in m