Filter Sort. Sorted By: Top Matches. Filtered By:. Considering a few of the names he used throughout his plays makes me know the Bard spent quite a bit of time selecting those he selected. Titles that were almost given to famous films tell us much thought was given to producing those that stuck in our thoughts. The same thing happens with well-known characters in novels. How could Rhett Butler be called anything else? Okay, without naming the famous protagonist, hasn't Tara also become a character?
Most of us who write books and stories know the names we give our main characters should not begin with the same letter or be the same length. We want to give much thought to whether we are creating a Daisy or a Scarlett. Obituaries often show us popular names of the elderly that we seldom use for young people today. What type name do you like to read about or use for characters in stories? For those of you who are authors, how do you decide what's in the name of the people you create?
Posted by June Shaw at AM 4 comments:. There was never any reason to look up this bit of colloquial vocabulary, because whenever Dame Agatha used the phrase I always knew exactly what the character meant: A state of confusion and disorder. I'm at sixes and sevens i. A state of confusion and disorder.
My emotions are raging:. Relief : Yay! I finally have a draft good enough to go out in public all by itself.
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Anxiety : What if these avid readers hate my story; are confused by the plot; bored by the dialogue? Hope : That my novel will amuse and entertain. And also, perhaps earn a few royalties to help pay my always rising rent. Any sensible person would take this time to relax and celebrate.
One is an older woman like me , living in a retirement center with other oldies, except they will be stumbling over a few bodies now and then. Of course she will have middle-aged children and young-adult grandchildren.
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One of them will probably be police officer. I may make one a firefighter. Grace Cassidy, my current character, really needs a vacation so she can settle into the new relationship in her life with Sam Harper.
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And new imaginary friends are as much fun as old ones. I can hardly wait for them to fully develop so I can lead them into murder most foul. A raise in rent threatened my financial comfort zone, so I must move on. Probably not quietly, though. My new pad will be slightly smaller than my present apartment. One of my sons-in-law has been volunteered note the verb tense to put storage shelves above my desk for the many things I seem to need. Smart children, acquired both by blood and by marriage, are true gifts from God.
I have made friends and grown roots where I am. But stuff happens. The wonderful thing about being a writer is that we can work continually and in all situations. Lying in bed, sitting in a chair, driving—wherever. So I remind myself that all of the hand wringing I tend to do is both optional and unproductive. Perhaps I should give up the hand-wringing? After all, it is optional in a writer's life. Posted by Jackie King at AM 7 comments:. Thursday, July 2, Writing a Mystery Series. A Guest Blog by Patricia Gligor.
I had to know what would happen to them as time went by and I wanted to watch them change and grow.
The only way to do that was to write a series. I now think of my Malone mystery series as Family Drama mysteries because my books are about more than the mystery.
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With each book, new situations and characters crop up that propel me forward and, in a series, there are always loose ends that need to be tied up. Sometimes, I deliberately plant something in a book which will lead to the next one but, other times, the subject for the next book is a surprise to me. When I wrote about the news story, I had no idea that would happen. Well, I decided that, with all the problems and stress I gave Ann in the first three books, she deserved to get away from Cincinnati for a while and to have a peaceful, relaxing vacation on Fripp Island in South Carolina.
Well, sort of. Patricia Gligor is a Cincinnati native. She has worked as an administrative assistant, the sole proprietor of a resume writing service and the manager of a sporting goods department but her passion has always been writing fiction. I can take or leave the booze, but sit a bar of chocolate in front of me and I come over all hot and sweaty. Why did I go there?
Cops with a drink problem are pretty common place in crime fiction so I was keen to do something different. And I had a yo-yo weight problem just waiting to be exploited. Do you have a dozen McBain books roughed out or do you use current news stories or contemporary coverage of old crimes and events for inspiration? Gawd, I wish. Each book begins with a glimmer of an idea, so the thought of having a whole series mapped out is simply a distant dream.
Michael J Malone himself, sans chocolate bar I stole it. What do you do for research — do you read a lot of crime and true-crime?
Watch horrible documentaries? Keep your ears open in dodgy pubs?