Here we are again beating on the keyboard with two fingers on a sunny Sunday afternoon. They are saying severe weather warnings again for tonight. June is typically the wet month of the year so no watering needed today.
I have been asked a few times of late where do charactor names come from? Where do settings of the novel come from?
Gather around and lets see if I can answer these and a few others you have asked about. Know that you are dearly loved here, stay as long as you like... Hugs attached...
As babies we are given names, we have no choice at which name we get. I suppose later in life if you hate the name you were given it can be changed. To do so would be very hurtful to those who named you in the beginning.
In choosing a name for the character I do believe you have to be sensitive and well make it fit both the personality and the region or area you are writing about. Take the name Brody for example. Lets say you are writing a rough and tumble western, it fits. Now try and move Brody into a city setting where a suit and tie are worn each day, does it still fit?
Geographics play a huge role in chosing the right name. You can as well go with naming your character safely and give them a common name such as Bill, John or Mary.
I always like to lean towards naming characters in such a way as to leave and impact on the reader. Will they more likely remember that uncommon name Betty Lou or just Betty?
Scrivener does have a function called Name Generator I have used it a few times but I seem more likely to create my own. On their own character page I can even drop a picture of them into their profile. Brody would be a rough and touch, been over the road character with a past that you either love the underdog or you hate him.
As the writer you have the invisible licence to create a scene or location where ever you like. One of the easiest is to write of what you know. The location must be real and accurate even when you are writing fiction.
If you are unsure of the scene, research it before you write it. Make it as accurate as you can, drop yourself the writer into the scene. Write of your senses, what do you hear, feel, smell and of course see.
The writing program I use called Scrivener allows me to drag all reference material into one place. I can tag it with a side note that would read Chapter 11, 835 words. Then I always have that reference.
You Are the Creator
At the end of the day you can sit back and look at what you have created. Read it aloud or in my case I allow my Mac to read the text back at me. "Alex" is my go to voice as he is the most realistic. We as writer can use the edit mode by reading and correcting, we can have friends beta read for us. Alex is my first choice as he catches many of the errors.
Like most writers I have several programs I run my writing through for grammer but they are far from what the human eye can catch. I think one of the best is Hemingway,
The other is Ulysses
Both will catch many errors but they as well will conflict with each other. I have Scrivener set up to be very tight in auto correct but it does miss things.
In closing I guess I have gone beyound the two original questions in this last section. I do hope I have answered a question or two along the way... Remember the human eye and professional editor will never be replaced. These programs only make their work a little easier...
Sending Hugs and many Blessings to all...
© Rolly A. Chabot
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