IWSG JUNE 6TH, 2018 #IWSG
IWSG JUNE 6TH, 2018
INSECURE WRITER’S SUPPORT GROUP
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Writer’s supporting, encouraging and learning from each other. Post on your own blog about your struggles, your triumphs, and your successes. Talk about your works in progress the good, the bad and the ugly or some other writing relating topic on your mind. Read others, interact, comment, and grow within this wonderful author community. Every month there is an optional question for those who may need help figuring out what to post about.
Beverly Stowe McClure,Tyrean Martinson, Tonja Drecker, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!
Write with Fey 10 Sparks to Guide You From Idea to Publication-Release June 5th
Kindle pre-order Releasing June 13th Born in a Treacherous Time
Lucy and her band of early humans struggle to survive in the harsh reality of a world where nature rules, survival is a daily challenge, and a violent band threatens to destroy everything Lucy thinks she understands.
If you like Man vs. Wild, you’ll love this book. If you ever wondered how earliest man survived but couldn’t get through the academic discussions, this book is for you. It will bring that world to life in a way never seen before.
Yolanda Renee, Mystery Author. A Real Place, A True Story – Fictionalized.
The Jericho Prophecy by Fiona Tarr New Release
June 18, 2018 @ 08:15
Kado is the only character that popped fully formed into my head, and he wasn’t even the main character of the story. Oooo… I just got an idea to write a series of novels for Kado during his shadow warrior days. 😀 That would be so much fun!
June 21, 2018 @ 11:50
I love your Shadowstalker series. Kado is a great character.
June 24, 2018 @ 00:52
Thanks! He’s my favorite character to date. Probably because he came to me like he did. I hope I get more like him. 😀
Victoria Marie Lees
June 9, 2018 @ 13:53
Sorry, Juneta, creating titles is more difficult for me than character names. I usually know who my characters are in my stories. I’m a part of Write with Fey, too. I’ll be posting on June 12th. All best to you Juneta.
June 10, 2018 @ 13:30
All the best to you too.
Michelle Wallace (@mishy1727)
June 9, 2018 @ 08:39
I struggle with character names. My characters remain Mrs. B, Mr. X and Miss Y for a very long time.
I read an interesting IWSG post where the author said she researches geography and culture before settling on a name. Another IWSG participant said that a name needs to also be decade-appropriate, which makes sense if one actually wants to find the best possible name for the character.
I also like the ‘sound’ of a name. But as wonderful as a name ‘sounds’, the aural appeal should ideally be secondary to the appropriateness of the name. Lots to think about.
June 10, 2018 @ 00:11
Fascinating and educational. Thanks for visiting.
June 8, 2018 @ 16:09
I usually struggle with titles more than characters. But, as you say, some come easier than others. I struggled with the tilte of The Backworlds for a looong time.
June 10, 2018 @ 00:07
June 8, 2018 @ 09:25
I tend to overthink character names as well. Hazard of the job, I suppose.
June 10, 2018 @ 00:06
June 7, 2018 @ 20:35
I wish titles came as easily as naming characters! I have fun with those! 😛
June 10, 2018 @ 00:05
Character profiles are my fave part of story creation in many ways
June 7, 2018 @ 20:33
I wish titles came as easily as names for me! I love naming characters – and those names do indeed become real!
June 10, 2018 @ 00:04
Character profiles are my fave part of story creation in many ways
Karen at Reprobate Typewriter
June 7, 2018 @ 19:27
I completely envy you for having names come easily! I always wind up in a cycle of naming, and then second-guessing myself.
June 10, 2018 @ 00:00
I can do that at times when I over think things.
June 7, 2018 @ 16:52
I agree with you that names often shape the characters. I need the names when I write their stories. Titles though frequently come last, after the story is finished.
June 10, 2018 @ 00:03
Sometimes that happens for me too with titles
June 7, 2018 @ 16:27
Congrats to all the writers with new releases, especially my blogging friends Chrys and C. Lee! Hope everyone does well with their titles.
June 9, 2018 @ 23:59
Thanks for visiting.
June 7, 2018 @ 15:51
I’m finding this IWSG discussion fascinating – so fascinating I wish I’d written as good a post as this. I realise in retrospect how the naming process works. I first thought that the title,concept and even names evolved together…’fully formed’ in my head. Now, I sense that the process has been more complex – it just feels instant,
June 9, 2018 @ 23:44
Thank you for that. Looking at everyone elses I thought mine needed more, so thank you. Process. I think is a great word for all aspects of writing. It is all in our processes and everyone is different. Great observation.
June 7, 2018 @ 10:54
Interesting thought about how names shape characters and vice versa. I have lots of placeholder names in my current manuscript which kind of takes me out of the flow of writing at times.
June 7, 2018 @ 14:27
Yes names help me see the character clear and my idea of a name shapes the story and character choices.
June 6, 2018 @ 22:19
You’re so lucky that book titles come so easily to you! I’m still struggling with mine, hoping that I have an epiphany while I’m writing. 🙂
June 7, 2018 @ 00:23
Hope you find that epiphany. I bet you will.
Lynda R Young
June 6, 2018 @ 20:26
Yep, sometimes the name does shape the character rather than the other way around.
June 7, 2018 @ 01:19
Yes it does.
June 6, 2018 @ 18:00
There are some great looking releases in this post. I got my copy of Write with Fey already. Congrats on your spotlight.
June 6, 2018 @ 18:57
I got my copy too. Yes they are all great releases. Thank you.
June 6, 2018 @ 16:53
You bring up an interesting point, Juneta. If the name’s not right, the story is a no go. There has to be something in that because I’ve had the same experience. I just have to stop, get the name right, and then start writing again.
I read Jacqui’s book and loved it. She did an amazing job creating characters from prehistory that are relatable. There’s more to come. Can’t wait.
June 6, 2018 @ 17:08
Thank you, Lee. What a great day to hear that!
June 6, 2018 @ 19:00
Thank you. My reading is character driven in preference. I more often know the character before the story and I like the character to drive my stories if I can manage it.
I have it on my to be read list. Trying to read them in order.
June 6, 2018 @ 14:52
Lots of great new books either on the way or already out – congrats to all the authors! My TBR list just gets longer and longer.
I find it hard to think of characters without names too – the last names can be a struggle for me though.
June 6, 2018 @ 15:15
Thanks, Julie. Finding Indie authors is like a whole section of the library you never knew existed, innit?
June 7, 2018 @ 01:24
Yeah, its like treasure in unexpected places.
June 7, 2018 @ 14:25
Yeah I can be slower on last names but as long as I have the first name I am good for writing.
June 6, 2018 @ 14:12
I find names tough. And yeah, overthinking puts a kibosh on everything. Have a great week, Juneta!
June 7, 2018 @ 14:24
You have a great week too Gwen!
June 6, 2018 @ 13:57
Character names can be a challenge. I get used to them by a name and then–as Loni said–I realize they are named wrong. It is like renaming a child. Sigh.
June 7, 2018 @ 14:23
True. I wonder if people ever do that, name their baby and a year or two later decide it doesn’t fit and rename them? Never heard of it but does not mean has not happen I guess, lol.
June 6, 2018 @ 13:53
It’s amazing how much more alive the first darft is when the characters have names. 🙂
Anna from elements of emaginette
June 7, 2018 @ 14:21
June 6, 2018 @ 13:22
It’s so much easier when a character comes fully formed and the story tells itself, right?
Thanks for adding Write with Fey and Doctor Mom to your post! 🙂
June 7, 2018 @ 14:20
June 6, 2018 @ 13:15
I don’t usually have trouble with titles and names either – I like your logical take on it
and I like your display of new releases – very nice!
Happy June, Juneta!
June 7, 2018 @ 14:20
Thank you. Happy June to you too.
June 6, 2018 @ 13:00
I’ve used placeholder names for so long, I sometimes reach the point where I can’t think of the character by any other name. I guess this means I need to work on better placeholder names.
June 7, 2018 @ 14:19
lol, yup or it means you got it right the first time.
June 6, 2018 @ 12:56
Congratulations to all of the awesome authors whose books you featured!
That’s great that you find the names in the process of writing.
June 6, 2018 @ 13:56
Thanks for the congrats! I’m basking today, taking a day to read and relax. Tomorrow will come soon enough.
June 7, 2018 @ 14:18
Happy June to you too.
June 6, 2018 @ 12:24
I agree. I always have to have the character well planned and named before I begin 🙂
June 7, 2018 @ 14:16
June 6, 2018 @ 11:43
My characters need to have names in order to have life, as well. And their actions have to “match” the names, at least in my mind. Quite possibly, I put too many self-erected roadblocks in this area, since Bob, in real life, can be anything from a petty thief to a respected businessman to a serial killer. And thanks very much for the new book shoutouts!
June 7, 2018 @ 14:15
You very welcome. Looking forward to reading it. I love that series of yours and this is not a genre I read a lot of now that I am older.
June 6, 2018 @ 10:31
I’ve been putting off renaming one of my characters. He’s been Lucas so far, but I already have a Linus, which is a little too close. I have plans to turn Lucas into Elias, but I think that change will have to wait until I’ve finished my first draft.
June 7, 2018 @ 14:14
I love the name Elias. I have a character marked for that name too.
Alex J. Cavanaugh (@AlexJCavanaugh)
June 6, 2018 @ 10:23
Congratulations to all of the authors!
I need a character name but I can plow forward without a title. I can even submit without a title. Just ask my publisher…
June 6, 2018 @ 13:54
Thanks for the shout out, Alex. I think I know just how Chrys feels today!
June 7, 2018 @ 14:12
LOL, Publisher I would like to have one of those one day.
June 6, 2018 @ 10:18
Characters usually come to me with names, but book titles stump me nearly every time. Good thing I know lots of awesome writers to help me out there!
June 7, 2018 @ 14:11
LOL, right it takes a army to raise a book ROFL pun intended.
June 6, 2018 @ 10:11
Excellent books here. Might need to go check out a few.
I’ve done that–replaced a character name five years after starting a book. It always makes for a little bit of trauma while trying to keep things straight in my head.
June 7, 2018 @ 14:10
lol, yes. I did that for a character a sci-fi character that I re-imagined for a fantasy story because I like that character so much.
June 6, 2018 @ 10:00
Titles – they’re my bugbear every time 🙁
June 7, 2018 @ 14:04
Titles have not been a struggle for me, but then again it is only my opinion that I do okay with them, lol.
June 6, 2018 @ 09:12
I do usually like to have a character name before I start figuring out who the person is. Of course, with my upcoming ideas, I have the book titles but no character name yet. Heh.
June 7, 2018 @ 14:02
Having a name helps my imagination.
June 6, 2018 @ 09:07
That’s great that you don’t have trouble with names or titles. I’m okay with names because I use name generators or books of names but titles are harder for me.
June 7, 2018 @ 13:58
I have been known to use a name generator or baby name site for names too.
June 6, 2018 @ 08:08
Thank you for featuring Chrys and Lee’s books.
I tend to also go in with a named and defined character.
June 7, 2018 @ 13:57
I was happy to do it.