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What's in a Name?

One of my greatest pet peeves is when I’m reading a science fiction or fantasy novel where a character’s name is clearly not a name used in our world and I a) can’t figure out how to pronounce for whatever reason or b)accidentally mispronounce it for however many books in that series until I find the correction. 583 more words

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Wobbly Characters

A few weeks ago, I launched the first of an intended series of posts about breaking the reader’s suspension of disbelief. Then a deadline happened. 1,389 more words

Friday Fun - Choosing Character Names

Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments. 489 more words

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On Naming and Diversity, Part II

Yesterday I talked about my discomfort with Louis Sachar giving his main character a made-up, generically ethnic name in his new novel, Fuzzy Mud. I wanted to talk about making up names in fantasy too, but that post was getting way too long, so I decided to write a Part II. 1,550 more words

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On Naming and Diversity, Part I

Last week I read the transcript of an NPR interview with Louis Sachar, author of the incredible Holes. His new book Fuzzy Mud just came out. 1,074 more words

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WHATEVER SHALL I CALL YOU?

My purpose in starting to blog was to discuss writing and to gain insights that might help in creating my own works of fiction.  Somewhere along the way I seemed to have morphed into the political arena.   661 more words

A rose by any other name...

Lest I drag us down the rabbit hole about people who don’t use commas and don’t capitalize verbs in title-capped headlines anymore (!), let me pivot to a topic that has been in the news quite a bit over the last week: character names. 369 more words

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