How On Earth Do You Pronounce THAT?!

Names are the weirdest things, aren’t they?

I mean, it’s like, “So, I’m going to call you this jumble of weird sounds for the rest of your life.”

But what’s worse is when they are ‘odd’ names. And even worse than that, is when you have no idea how to pronounce them. And, if it’s in a book, you have no one to correct you when you mess up badly every single time.

For example, for NaNo, in one of the stories I’m writing (my Teen Wolf fic) my main character (well, one of them – my other main character is Peter Hale who is one of Teen Wolf’s, and I’m really getting off track, sorry) is called Quinn Saharé Flax. 

“What on earth is that middle name?!” I hear you ask. In answer: I don’t know, I just added the accent on the e to make it sound like I wanted it to. My friend is called Quinn and it is one of my favourite names, so don’t you dare put that one down…

I remember before I moved house, I had never heard the name ‘Amelia’ – when I moved down and heard it, I thought it was one of the weirdest names ever. Not gonna lie.

And then you get names like ‘Hannah’ (my name, so clearly the best!) that are palindromes – they read the same back to front. Or acronym names, like my friends – his spells ‘JET’ when his initials are stuck together.

I love names, and I love choosing them. It’s so special.

How do you choose your character’s names? Is it a chore, or a joy? Or do you just pick a random name and hope that it works (that’s always a good way, I guess…)?

Cheerio,

– Hannah 

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Why Am I Doing This… Again.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH.

Phew.

Ok, now we’ve got that out of the way, we can get onto the main topic of today’s discussion: National Novel Writing Month, more commonly known as NaNoWriMo.

Last November was my first NaNo, and I managed to pump out 40,000 words (I took part in the YWP) and win. In June (I think) I failed to complete the Camp – seriously, though, when did I think a talking Sylvanian Family was going to be a good idea?!

So anyway, this year, I am participating in the 2013 NaNo, with an annoyingly low word count of 20,000 (I might boost it up, who knows). ‘Why so low?’ I hear you ask – well, I also have my GCSE mocks in November, too! Yippity-yay. Obviously  I cannot wait.

So, in between going for A’s and A*’s in my mocks, I am also going to try and hit my word count. If I do not post for a while, you will know I have drowned in the sea of words.

Last year, I was the only one out of two other friends who tried for NaNoWriMo to even make it to Day 2. This year, I’m probably the only one stupid enough to attempt it.

So what am I writing? Well, I’m rebelling again – I have an original fiction novel planned, as well as a Teen Wolf (yay!) fanfiction planned. Can’t wait to get both of them started, I honestly can’t. Can’t wait to get both of them finished, too…

So whilst I am currently stressing out over planning and revision, and will be hyperactive due to no sleep and the stress of exams soon enough, are you guys attempting NaNoWriMo? Why? Why ever not, if you aren’t!?

Add me on NaNoWriMo YWP – MidnightBeast1098. 

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Names…

Now, I don’t know about you, but I really really really have a thing for names.

Since I first heard it when I must’ve been about 5, my all time favourite name was ‘Sam’ (for boys anyway; girls is ‘Alice’). I even named my teddy bear ‘Sam’ (although this got awkward when I moved house and started fancying a guy called Sam. BOOM, everyone thinks I named by teddy bear after him…).

But what about meanings for people names. Do the names you use mean anything? I like mine to mean things, but if I see the perfect name, I will bloomin’ well use it.

For example, though, I am planning for a Teen Wolf fanfiction (happy face!). I want my MC to be called ‘Quinn’, which is the name of one of my American friends, and also means ‘smart’, which I would like my character to be. Another name I want to use for a boy, who I am likely going to kill, is ‘Enos’, which means ‘mortal’.

Gods, I feel so evil sometimes.

But what really made me write this post was trying to think up place names. I ended up using a generator today, because after failing to find inspiration in my living room, I gave up. I think place names are much much harder than character names, mainly because you can name someone ‘James’ and no one will think anything of it. But if you call a small village ‘London’, people will think you’re a bit odd.

I own a baby name book (no, I’m not pregnant) with 60,001+ names; it is my savior. For another work in progress, I used the place name ‘Haute’, which I later looked up in my book (it gives meanings, too). If I can’t think of any names, I use the book. If I can’t think up surnames, I use the book, because some of the names are a bit weird and suit surnames instead. Normally, if I can’t think up any place names, I’ll have a look in the book (I just really could not be bothered to get up and get it today. Tells you how tired I am, really).

So yes, I’m not really sure what the purpose of this was. Just go and get yourself a baby name book, and you’ll never ever look back. Trust me. I’m the Doctor.

(Well, not really, but could you imagine?!)

Research/Planning

So, NaNoWriMo is just on the doorstep. This means that most of you are probably planning for it. Or if you’re very organised, you’re already in a state of serious over-caffination.

As for me, I’m very far behind and am in a state of panic trying to get all my ideas down whilst thinking up new ones. You try planning for two different stories and see where that takes you.

When doing research, I tend to take from a few sources and make notes. I also bookmark pages, too. How do you guys research? Remember you can use a range of mediums: the library is your new best friend!

As for planning: I never normally plan, and I think that’s why all of my stuff has failed up til now (hopefully). Also, because I’m cramming for exams, planning may save me. So, I’m just bullet pointing what’s gonna happen in each chapter. Does anyone do anything the same – or, indeed, different?

I would say there are no rules in researching, as in the way you do it – just make sure you get your facts right, please. You have no idea how annoying it is to read something and find that there’s something wrong, it just pees you off!

And there are no rules in planning. you don’t even have to do it. I tend to just wing it. And look where I ended up! Writing really bad [sorry] blog posts for random strangers, being very tired and laughing over a weird ass picture from Teen Wolf.

Oh dear.