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  1. Renee
    June 18, 2018 @ 8:15 am

    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!

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    • admin2
      June 21, 2018 @ 11:50 am

      I love your Shadowstalker series. Kado is a great character.

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      • Renee
        June 24, 2018 @ 12:52 am

        Thanks! He’s my favorite character to date. Probably because he came to me like he did. I hope I get more like him. 😀

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  2. Victoria Marie Lees
    June 9, 2018 @ 1:53 pm

    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.

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    • admin2
      June 10, 2018 @ 1:30 pm

      All the best to you too.

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  3. Michelle Wallace (@mishy1727)
    June 9, 2018 @ 8:39 am

    Hi Juneta!
    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.

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    • admin2
      June 10, 2018 @ 12:11 am

      Fascinating and educational. Thanks for visiting.

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  4. MPax (@mpax1)
    June 8, 2018 @ 4:09 pm

    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.

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    • admin2
      June 10, 2018 @ 12:07 am

      Great series.

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  5. Tamara Narayan
    June 8, 2018 @ 9:25 am

    I tend to overthink character names as well. Hazard of the job, I suppose.

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    • admin2
      June 10, 2018 @ 12:06 am

      lol, agreed.

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  6. Jemi Fraser
    June 7, 2018 @ 8:35 pm

    I wish titles came as easily as naming characters! I have fun with those! 😛

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    • admin2
      June 10, 2018 @ 12:05 am

      Character profiles are my fave part of story creation in many ways

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  7. Anonymous
    June 7, 2018 @ 8:33 pm

    I wish titles came as easily as names for me! I love naming characters – and those names do indeed become real!

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    • admin2
      June 10, 2018 @ 12:04 am

      Character profiles are my fave part of story creation in many ways

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  8. Karen at Reprobate Typewriter
    June 7, 2018 @ 7:27 pm

    I completely envy you for having names come easily! I always wind up in a cycle of naming, and then second-guessing myself.

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    • admin2
      June 10, 2018 @ 12:00 am

      I can do that at times when I over think things.

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  9. Olga Godim
    June 7, 2018 @ 4:52 pm

    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.

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    • admin2
      June 10, 2018 @ 12:03 am

      Sometimes that happens for me too with titles

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  10. J.H. Moncrieff
    June 7, 2018 @ 4:27 pm

    Congrats to all the writers with new releases, especially my blogging friends Chrys and C. Lee! Hope everyone does well with their titles.

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    • admin2
      June 9, 2018 @ 11:59 pm

      Thanks for visiting.

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  11. rolandclarke
    June 7, 2018 @ 3:51 pm

    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,

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    • Juneta
      June 9, 2018 @ 11:44 pm

      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.

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  12. Ellen Jacobson
    June 7, 2018 @ 10:54 am

    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.

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:27 pm

      Yes names help me see the character clear and my idea of a name shapes the story and character choices.

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  13. raimeygallant
    June 6, 2018 @ 10:19 pm

    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. 🙂

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    • Juneta
      June 7, 2018 @ 12:23 am

      Hope you find that epiphany. I bet you will.

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  14. Lynda R Young
    June 6, 2018 @ 8:26 pm

    Yep, sometimes the name does shape the character rather than the other way around.

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 1:19 am

      Yes it does.

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  15. Toi Thomas
    June 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

    There are some great looking releases in this post. I got my copy of Write with Fey already. Congrats on your spotlight.

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    • admin2
      June 6, 2018 @ 6:57 pm

      I got my copy too. Yes they are all great releases. Thank you.

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  16. cleemckenzie
    June 6, 2018 @ 4:53 pm

    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.

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    • Jacqui Murray
      June 6, 2018 @ 5:08 pm

      Thank you, Lee. What a great day to hear that!

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    • admin2
      June 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

      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.

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  17. Julie Flanders
    June 6, 2018 @ 2:52 pm

    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.

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    • Jacqui Murray
      June 6, 2018 @ 3:15 pm

      Thanks, Julie. Finding Indie authors is like a whole section of the library you never knew existed, innit?

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      • admin2
        June 7, 2018 @ 1:24 am

        Yeah, its like treasure in unexpected places.

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:25 pm

      Yeah I can be slower on last names but as long as I have the first name I am good for writing.

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  18. Gwen Gardner
    June 6, 2018 @ 2:12 pm

    I find names tough. And yeah, overthinking puts a kibosh on everything. Have a great week, Juneta!

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:24 pm

      You have a great week too Gwen!

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  19. Jacqui Murray
    June 6, 2018 @ 1:57 pm

    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.

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:23 pm

      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.

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  20. emaginette
    June 6, 2018 @ 1:53 pm

    It’s amazing how much more alive the first darft is when the characters have names. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:21 pm

      Very true.

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  21. ChrysFey
    June 6, 2018 @ 1:22 pm

    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! 🙂

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:20 pm

      Your Welcome.

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  22. tara tyler
    June 6, 2018 @ 1:15 pm

    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!

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:20 pm

      Thank you. Happy June to you too.

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  23. chemistken
    June 6, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

    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.

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:19 pm

      lol, yup or it means you got it right the first time.

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  24. tyreanmartinson
    June 6, 2018 @ 12:56 pm

    Congratulations to all of the awesome authors whose books you featured!
    That’s great that you find the names in the process of writing.
    Happy June!

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    • Jacqui Murray
      June 6, 2018 @ 1:56 pm

      Thanks for the congrats! I’m basking today, taking a day to read and relax. Tomorrow will come soon enough.

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:18 pm

      Happy June to you too.

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  25. Erika Beebe
    June 6, 2018 @ 12:24 pm

    I agree. I always have to have the character well planned and named before I begin 🙂

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:16 pm

      *thumbs up*

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  26. Lee
    June 6, 2018 @ 11:43 am

    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!

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:15 pm

      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.

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  27. Loni Townsend
    June 6, 2018 @ 10:31 am

    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.

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:14 pm

      I love the name Elias. I have a character marked for that name too.

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  28. Alex J. Cavanaugh (@AlexJCavanaugh)
    June 6, 2018 @ 10:23 am

    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…

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    • Jacqui Murray
      June 6, 2018 @ 1:54 pm

      Thanks for the shout out, Alex. I think I know just how Chrys feels today!

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:12 pm

      LOL, Publisher I would like to have one of those one day.

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  29. Christine Rains
    June 6, 2018 @ 10:18 am

    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!

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:11 pm

      LOL, right it takes a army to raise a book ROFL pun intended.

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  30. Crystal Collier
    June 6, 2018 @ 10:11 am

    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.

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:10 pm

      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.

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  31. Angela Wooldridge
    June 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am

    Titles – they’re my bugbear every time 🙁

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:04 pm

      Titles have not been a struggle for me, but then again it is only my opinion that I do okay with them, lol.

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  32. cheriereich
    June 6, 2018 @ 9:12 am

    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.

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 2:02 pm

      Having a name helps my imagination.

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  33. Natalie Aguirre
    June 6, 2018 @ 9:07 am

    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.

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 1:58 pm

      I have been known to use a name generator or baby name site for names too.

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  34. spunkonastick
    June 6, 2018 @ 8:08 am

    Thank you for featuring Chrys and Lee’s books.

    I tend to also go in with a named and defined character.

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    • admin2
      June 7, 2018 @ 1:57 pm

      I was happy to do it.

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