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A Character By Any Other Name

Have you ever wondered how an author chooses the right name for their characters?  Is it just a matter of what sounds good?  Or does meaning play a part, or some deep, personal life experience?  1,122 more words

What a Difference a Week Makes

Well, it’s Jan 3rd and I’m already on the back foot.

I try to blog at the start of the month, but despite having the week between Christmas and New Year off, I didn’t have time to write a blog.  612 more words

What's in A Name? Assignment 1

We are going to shift gears a little bit for a new set of writing challenges. Building off our study of Point of View over at… 772 more words

On Writing


I have trouble visualizing a character until I find their name. They need their name, just a name I make up for the sake of writing until I find it. 269 more words

Writing Advice

Does the Name Matter?

I had a great visit with a grade 12 Writer’s Craft class today. One of the things we talked about was author names and character names. 65 more words


Writing Techniques: Character Names

Minor/minimal spoilers ahead.

Like a lot of authors/writers, I prefer to give my characters unique names – and I often choose names with particular meanings. This is not the case for all names I choose, as some are just selected by random, but most of the names I pick have a specific meaning and purpose. 1,197 more words


Alistair and Co.

I’ve noticed two primary and near-universal signs that a name is about to be popular: a) meteoric rise in usage and b) a plethora of alternative spellings appearing.  549 more words

Baby Names