Writer Woes: naming characters

Hey all! Long time, no talk. Welcome to 2018, I guess. Things have been going pretty well in my neck of the woods – AT LEAST THEY WERE UNTIL MY PHONE CROAKED. But that’s beside the point.

I’ve been getting a lot of writing done in both my professional projects and my fanwork ones. I’m procrastinating a little on some things, which I apologize for. I’m in the process of updating everything on this blog and my main webpage – photobucket decided that they don’t host images for free which was the whole point of them. I’ve been using photobucket for well over a decade and now I have to find something else. Thankfully, WordPress has space built in. So pardon the ugliness, I’m working on it.

(I’ll also be including the 10 facts about me and some goals at the end of this since that’s a tradition for the first post of a new year)

Anyway, there are a lot of things that plague writers. Writers block, not enough time in the day, characters not cooperating, too many ideas, not enough ideas; the list goes on and on. But one of the ones that drives me up a wall is naming characters.

I hate it.

I hate naming characters.

And I freely admit that.

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Upcoming Projects: AKA what do I do when I finish Opus

mccree_write1Hey all! This feels like a bit of a ‘cheat’ post. I have the entire ‘My Current Writing Projects and Issues‘ series, after all. But this feels a little different to me. For the first time in, well, what feels like forever…Opus isn’t going to be the bulk of my current writing projects. Once Opus Requiem is done, it goes off to beta-readers. Of course, I’ll need to do another draft, but that always goes faster for me. Always.

That means its time to move on to my next projects…and that’s a little scary, actually.

Each time I think of ending the Opus series my chest gets tight and I can almost feel myself tearing up. As I look at the scenes I have left to write all I can think is ‘I’m not ready for this‘. That’s not going to stop me from writing it, obviously. I’m probably going to cry when I finish the draft though. It kind of feels like I’m leaving behind some very good friends.

Anyway…

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Descriptions in Writing – the rules and how to break them

breaktherulesHey all! This post was inspired by one of my friends. He made a post (warning: moving background on his blog) about tips that made him a better writers over the years. But that post made me think of all the advice I’ve doled out over the years as well. Mainly it’s been advice that I’ve cobbled together from my professors, other sources, and my own experiences. It’s really easy to find writing advice out there – though oftentimes they’re presented as hard rules.

I’ve found that, with writing, rules are often meant to be broken. But that it comes down to knowing when you should be breaking them. And how you should be breaking them.

So how do you know when to do so?

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