Personal Space Invader

Accepting Writing Buddies!

I’ll add anyone! I could use the inspiration, and I’d like to see what anyone has in terms of planning, from the smallest character to just now figuring out the vaguest idea of where your setting is. So far, I’ve got the basics of my main character down, but I can’t narrow down my genre. Feel free to talk to me about anything.


anomalously-written:

[via[Advice from Jody Hedlund]

1. Develop our character before picking the name.
I fill out my character worksheet and get to know as much about my character as possible before deciding on a name. As I develop the character’s personality, ethnicity, quirks, life-experiences, etc., I’m able to narrow down names that might match that person. For example, in The Doctor’s Lady, my heroine is a well-educated, pious lady from a wealthy family. I chose the name Priscilla because it has a more refined and elegant ring than a name like Mary or Betty. 

2. Find names that match our setting and fit with the plot. 
Once my character is starting to come to life, I also evaluate how that character fits within the plot and setting. In my current WIP, which is set in the lumber communities of central Michigan, I sorted through rural names, as well as logging era names. And I tried to think which ones would fit within the tone of the plot.

3. Use time-period appropriate names.
This is especially critical for historical writers. I generally pull up the list of the most popular names for the year or decade in which my character was born. I also look at lists of names in biographies and research books for the particular time period of my book. In the 1600’s, 29% of men were named John (that’s about 1 out of 3 men!) and 15% of women were named Elizabeth. Thus, in The Preacher’s Bride I felt almost obligated to name my MC’s John and Elizabeth. Not really! But you get my point. 

4. Use symbolism if possible.
While we can’t always attach symbolism to names, we can look for ways to give special meaning to some of the names we choose. In my WIP, I looked at the meaning of hero names before choosing one. Whether the reader ever realizes it or not, part of my hero’s character arc is about him learning to live up to his name—which means “strong as a wolf.”

5. Avoid picking names that readers will have a difficult time saying.
I get annoyed when I read character names I can’t pronounce—oddly-spelled or too-long names. This is even more frustrating when the name belongs to the MC and I have to read the “weird” name ten times per page. I suggest avoiding names (as fun and nice as they might be) that might trip up our readers. We should also limit the number of foreign names for the same reason.

6. Avoid having names that start with the same letter or sound. 
I keep a running list of every character that crops up in my book—a sheet I can easily scan. I do my best to start each name with a different letter. I don’t want to have a John, Joseph, and Jacob all in the same book. Or a Polly and Molly. When names are too similar, we have to make our readers work harder to remember our characters. And our job as writers is to make the reading experience as smooth and pleasant as possible.

7. Remember, unique doesn’t always mean better.
Sometimes when names are too unique they can distract a reader from the story. I like unique last names, especially when they’re real (like Goodenough or Covenant). But often those kinds of names have a ring of disbelief. When I get too carried away, my editors send me back to the drawing board for a simpler name (as they did with the two examples I mentioned!). 

8. Make sure our minor character names don’t overshadow our main characters. 
It’s fun to find especially dark and sinister names for our antagonists. In The Doctor’s Lady, one of the bad guys is named Black Squire. He’s a rugged fur trapper that wears a black eye patch. The name fits. But, we have to make sure we don’t spend more time crafting the perfect names for lesser characters so that they become more vibrant and alive than the MC’s.


teysa-orzhov-rules-lawyer:

quickweaves:

Nevada Senator Proposes To Boyfriend Seconds After Gay Marriage Legalized: WATCH

Nevada State Senator Kelvin Atkinson didn’t waste anytime once a federal appeals courtoverturned his state’s ban on gay marriage. At a Freedom Nevada rally on Tuesday,  Atkinson surprised his partner of over six years, Sherwood Howard, with a proposal — though it sounds like it may  have been a surprise to the senator as well.
“I was telling my story and it just came out,” said Atkinson, who memorably came out during a debate on same-sex marriage. “I proposed to him on stage in front of everyone.” Atkinson expected Howard to say yes, though he had to clarify amidst the peal of tears and celebration. “He said yes,” he told the crowd. (x)



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teysa-orzhov-rules-lawyer:

quickweaves:

Nevada Senator Proposes To Boyfriend Seconds After Gay Marriage Legalized: WATCH

Nevada State Senator Kelvin Atkinson didn’t waste anytime once a federal appeals courtoverturned his state’s ban on gay marriage. At a Freedom Nevada rally on Tuesday,  Atkinson surprised his partner of over six years, Sherwood Howard, with a proposal — though it sounds like it may  have been a surprise to the senator as well.

I was telling my story and it just came out,” said Atkinson, who memorably came out during a debate on same-sex marriage. “I proposed to him on stage in front of everyone.” Atkinson expected Howard to say yes, though he had to clarify amidst the peal of tears and celebration. “He said yes,” he told the crowd. (x)

THAT IS SO FUCKING CUTE SHUT UP.


micdotcom:

Nigeria officially beat Ebola — Here’s how 

After 42 days without a newly reported case, Nigeria is officially Ebola free, the World Health Organization announced Monday, less than a week after Senegal also surpassed twice the disease’s maximum incubation period.
Nigeria is a  ”spectacular success story,” WHO Country Director Rui Gama Vaz said in a press conference in the capital of Abuja earlier Monday.
"But we must be clear that we only won a battle" | Follow micdotcom

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micdotcom:

Nigeria officially beat Ebola — Here’s how 

After 42 days without a newly reported case, Nigeria is officially Ebola free, the World Health Organization announced Monday, less than a week after Senegal also surpassed twice the disease’s maximum incubation period.

Nigeria is a  ”spectacular success story,” WHO Country Director Rui Gama Vaz said in a press conference in the capital of Abuja earlier Monday.

"But we must be clear that we only won a battle" | Follow micdotcom


This year, for real.

I’m going to do NaNoWriMo. So far, I’ve got 6 different ideas in 4 different genres, and 11 days left before I have to start writing. I’m going to be tagging stuff as “#my novel”, just in case I want to keep track of my updates and am too lazy to dig through my blog during regular scrolling.


bedlamsbard:

The difference between learning a modern language and an ancient language is that in first year French you learn “Where is the bathroom?” and “How do I get to the train station?” and in first year Attic Greek or Latin you learn “I have judged you worthy of death” and “The tyrant had everyone in the city killed.”


I am going to try NaMoWriMo, if for no other reason than to get myself into the habit of daily writing. Any advice? from brainstormye

neil-gaiman:

Well done, even if all you’ve done is decide to do it. The best advice I have for you is…

0) Have a story to tell. Know something about it, even if you don’t have it all plotted out.

1) Write every day. Make your word count. Train everyone to leave you alone while you’re writing.

2) Look at the pep talks on the NANOWRIMO website. Here’s mine: http://nanowrimo.org/pep-talks/neil-gaiman


tamorapierce:

imathers:

misandry-mermaid:

This is how you feminist ally.

Transcript below:

Hey guy friends, read this (yeah it’s long):

So you’ve heard about the misogynist shooter at UCSB, and his public statements that he killed women (and guys he saw as having ‘unfair access’ to women’s bodies) because he felt like he deserved sex and attention from women, and felt entitled to revenge when the women around him understandably stayed the fuck away from his creepy self.

What he did was way more extreme than anything 99.99% of men will ever do, but our culture endorses his basic premise, and we’re the ones who should really be challenging that. This guy was steeped in a culture that told him it’s OK to get mad at women who turn you down, that girlfriends and sex partners are a reward you get for being a man the right way, and even when he started talking about murder, he didn’t really stand out until after people were dead.

You probably don’t know any future spree killers, but it’s statistically almost certain you know someone who has already or will commit rape and/or intimate partner abuse. And the thing about those guys, that we know from research is, they think they’re normal. That every other guy does the same stuff behind closed doors. Enough do that they’re not exactly wrong. And we strengthen that feeling whenever we stay quiet when someone says some sketchy shit. 

When you hear a co-worker talk about getting back with or back at an ex, remind him breakups are unilateral. Tell him it’s fine to be sad on his own time, but she’s made up her mind and he’s gotta move on. Ask him why he wants to be in a relationship with someone who doesn’t want to be around him anymore rather than try to find someone who does. 

When your cousin complains bitterly about women rejecting him even though he thinks he was nice, say ‘Dude, don’t try to make them owe you. Go find someone who LIKES you’ Maybe no one will like this guy, but that doesn’t change the rules, and he’s more likely to be likable if he gets that shit out of his head.

When you hear guys joke about forcing a woman to have sex, remember they might not be joking. Or they might be, but someone else in earshot might be relieved to hear other guys do it too. Don’t laugh. Say ‘dude, people are gonna think you’re a rapist’ and see what happens. Make it awkward. I’m not the best at this either but we all gotta try. 

When your female friends or girlfriend tell you some guy in your social circle creeps them out, stop inviting him to stuff. Offer to talk to the guy with or without mentioning them specifically. Things are already awkward, you’re just handing this dude back the awkward mess he’s already made. It’s ok for you to have ‘doesn’t creep out my other friends’ as a thing you require in a friend. 

Don’t make women do this shit alone. It may be hard for you, but women take WAY more heat from guys when they do these same things. We gotta get our asses off the sidelines.”

(emphasis mine)

I’ll try some of this with a man I know.  Maybe he’ll listen and stop telling my husband he’s got to man up and tell me who’s boss.  Maybe he’ll stop calling me “b***h” behind my back.  My husband thinks he doesn’t mean anything by it, but I think he does.


zicos-wife:

kowai-iman:

cviperfan:

excuseyoukyofu:

"All anime is the same"

Let me explain you a thing

a major catastrophe causes the brown-haired protagonist to join an organization with matching uniforms and characters of varying personalities, heights and sexual orientations that exists for a seemingly straightforward purpose while also struggling with a hidden aspect of their identity that can be helpful but also makes things complicated in unexpected ways

….well…..

A


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sherlovley:

malicemidnight:

gypsiesneversleep:

thesunandthesea37:

flomation:

musicallyharmonized:

koalicorn:

My boyfriend and I were kissing. Then all of the sudden my phone starts ringing.  We were interrupted by this.. 

IM CRYINGGG THIS IS WHAT BAND KIDS SOUND LIKE WHEN THEY ALL SING THEIR PARTS IN MY OPINION OMG I CANT BREATHE 

ISNT THIS FROM SHREK

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT BAND KIDS SOUND LIKE WHEN THEY SING ALL THEIR PARTS AT THE SAME TIME OMG

its from sherlock im fucking losing it omGh

i can’t breathe


What is a good way to learn to read Tarot? I have this lovely deck but am stuck because I'm not entirely sure how to go about learning from weedandpatchouli

arcanemysteries:

Shuffle your deck really really well.
Flip a card. Say what you see. Don’t think just say what you see. Don’t worry about reversals right now just say what you see in the card.
Pretend it is a movie scene. Draw another card, say what you see. Go through your whole deck.
Don’t be scared of being wrong. You cannot be wrong. There are no preordained rules that you must follow.

Here are some posts from my MASTER POST which you should bookmark!

How To Read Tarot Cards!

Tips When Reading Tarot For Others
Tarot Learning Tips
How To Read Tarot Card Combinations
Three Boxes Tarot Exercise


thatsonofamitch:

deinoes:

queer-joanwatson:

alivechihiro:

hydrogyne:

"noot noot" factiod actually just statistical error. nice legs daisy dukes makes ah yes, the scalene triangle. it’s a metaphor. you put the outlier between your teeth but you very bark much meme free him

not all 9000 barrel rolls

but if those metaphors are so accepting, why is it that i, from bird school,

with equius

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