Naming Characters

I like naming things. When I was growing up, all my stuffed animals had names, and I went to the trouble of writing those names down so I’d never forget. Present day, both of my cars have had names, and I once contemplated giving my laptop a name but decided it was evil and better not to give it a voice. Continue reading “Naming Characters”

Making Your Own World-Building Questionnaire

I might not be an expert writer, but at this point I think I can say I’m somewhat knowledgeable of how to make a worldbuilding questionnaire. Mostly because I’ve been making them since I was…ten? Nine? It was something I started about the same time I started making stories. If you’re a writer of science fiction or fantasy, it’s an activity I highly recommend. Continue reading “Making Your Own World-Building Questionnaire”

Prompt #9: Change Relationships

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

Let me know what you think of it!

This is Prompt #9: Consider other ways your characters could be related, both now and in the past. Continue reading “Prompt #9: Change Relationships”

Blue candles

Writer Emergency Pack: Stop Talking

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

Let me know what you think of it! (Or maybe not. I’m not super happy with the ending but it’s late and I’m tired.)

This is Prompt #8: Actions speak louder than words. If your characters couldn’t talk, what would they do? Continue reading “Writer Emergency Pack: Stop Talking”

Prompt #4: Not My Job

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

Let me know what you think of it!

This is Prompt #4.

Give your hero new responsibilities, including a chance to prove themselves. Continue reading “Prompt #4: Not My Job”

Character File: Mertise Fredin

Mertise Fredin was a young junior apprentice librarian at the Faechium Astaad (translation: magic college), quite content to spend the rest of her life alone with the books, until Ben Conroy stumbled into her life and cheerfully asked if she wanted to go on an adventure. She said okay, and since then things have gotten consistently more crazy.

Mertise is occasionally fun to write, but most of the time I fight to find her perspective because she’s so quiet and generally subdued. So I’m taking a little time to have her answer a few questions for me, so I can write her a bit better. Continue reading “Character File: Mertise Fredin”