Why Naming Characters is the Actual Worst...and Best

I always have and always will be obsessed with names. They fascinate me. They speak so much to the person, their parents, and the culture they’re a part of.

This obsession with names doesn’t actually help my writing, though. It kinda makes it worse. THE NAMES HAVE TO BE PERFECT!

A writer friend of mine said that I worry more about character names than most parents do with their children, so… **coughs**

But I’m not crazy! I have my reasons for being this way.

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To the Anxious Writer

You’re here today, I assume, because you’re a writer and you’re anxious.

I understand!!

First of all, you’re not alone in your anxiety. I’m rooting for you, and you’ll get past it! Don’t throw away your project! You’re going to be fine.

And I have some practical tips to help you. Some of these are even good for just general anxiety, too, so that’s a bonus!

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Habits to Boost Creativity

I’m a creative! Odds are that you are, too!

We both know what this means.

Even when we aren’t sitting down in front of a computer/pen and paper, we’re daydreaming; planning out the next big fight scene; trying to decide on the perfect name for that super minor character who will only ever show up in one scene but still has to have a perfect name.

So here are a few things that you can do (still away from that screen/paper!) that will keep your creative juices flowing. They might even help you stumble on the answer to one of your biggest writing-related questions.

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This Writer's Wishlist

Just because we’re often lost in our own little world doesn’t mean that writers don’t want things, too!

Of course we want things!

Like pet dragons.

I’d take a never-ending supply of coffee, too!

Here are a few things that I think would make a perfect gift for any writer in your life (even if it’s you)!

Reward yourself for your most recent writing win with one of these puppies!

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To the Self-Publishing Writer

So you think you want to self-publish?

Congratulations!!

Whatever brought you to this point, don’t resent it!  Even if you’re only doing this after so many rejections from traditional publishers, it’s okay. This is all part of your writing journey; and self-publishing is becoming more and more accepted and encouraged all the time.

This is all about getting your book out there, the way you want it to be!

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Rewriting for Pantsers

 

A pantser is someone who doesn't outline.  You sit down to write without any outlining, barely knowing your own characters and the world they live in.  
I used to be a pantser; and that's a perfectly acceptable way to write.  I remember the boxed in feeling that an outline used to give me and, wow, I would avoid that at all costs!

Does that sound like you?

And if that's how you feel about outlining, how scary is it that when we rewrite, we should rewrite every single word?  (Except the ones we take out, of course!)  But go over every last thing to perfect it?  Yikes!

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