Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Kerilum, Feb 12, 2017.
I wouldn't say names don't matter but on the hierarchy of important story requirements I'd say they're relatively low. Do we have examples of great stories that were torpedoed by lame names? Or lame stories that were elevated to greatness by awesome names? To use another Lucas example, how was the quality of Howard the Duck affected by the name of the MC?
Just tuning it all out, letting myself immerse. Sometimes it's a lot like trying to fall asleep while the gears of your brain are spinning at grease-smoking speed. You know that feeling. You just want to fall asleep and let the dream world take over, but the car payment is late and you forgot to buy dog food and there's a certifiable nut-bag running the country. You just want to put the blinders on and see nothing past the page, but the other half of your brain is accusing you of sticking your head in the sand.
Can you get high from smoking grease? If so, which type and how high?
No idea. Back when I was into getting altered, I just called my weed/roll dealer like any good university student.
I don't know that anyone has suggested a randomizer. My method--grabbing a magazine and looking at the names of the editorial staff on the masthead--generally gives me several pleasing names with two minutes' effort. Another five minutes checking the meaning and origin of the names to make sure I haven't unintentionally made some sort of pun, or an unlikely international mix with my first/last name mix-and-match, and I'm done.
That's when the character doesn't arrive in my head pre-named, which happens fairly often.
Because names can't singlehandedly make a lame story great that means names don't matter much? That's a false dichotomy. How many story elements have the power to do that to begin with?
If names can stand out as praiseworthy:
That's quite a name! - Elven Candy.
https://www.writingforums.org/threads/share-your-first-three-sentences.145670/page-56 (post #1388)
Or stand out as bad:
"Dooku sounds like Dookie, and dookie means shit. - Amazing Atheist"
Why would you not care much what your character is named?
So it's like I'm going to painstakingly design my MC's choreography, visual design, and characterization but the name? Nah that don't matter much! It's only the thing that's going to be on her poster if she ever gets popular.
It's like running a Marathon and deciding to hop the home straight.
I'm curious if you are anything like your eastender namesake?
I'd suspect you probably could but it wouldn't be a good idea - the heat would release the VOCs from the grease and the effect would be about like doing buties (sniffing canisters of butane lighter gas)... brain damage a go go
For me, the hardest part of writing is when I get an idea in my head and i just can't get the words out. People tell me just to write down words to describe my idea, but I feel like I want to word it just right. I'm working on a fantasy novel so the wording of my narration is important, because I want it to reflect the linguistic rules I'm creating for my story world.
For me, the hardest part is writing out dialogue. I suck at dialogue in real life, let alone making up a conversation and writing it out!
Also I suck at describing buildings, hopefully I'll improve at that with practice...
It's sort of like that notion where what you are saying out loud sounded better in your head. As I write an idea out I start to feel like I'm not doing it justice.
Separate names with a comma.