Time for the hop this week, let’s see what questions we have.
If you joined me from the lovely Vicki Mixon then welcome!
1. How did you go about choosing the names for your characters?
This time around, I really struggled with character names. It took me ages to find ones that I liked. In past books, I generally saw a name and BAM! That was it, it was perfect.
I wanted names that sounded like they fit into my fantasy world, but I knew I didn’t want difficult names. Names that were easy to remember and easy to read but with a unique sound was my ultimate goal. Which was a lot harder than I bargained for! 😀
For this book, I scoured the internet baby name sites, ones where they explain the meaning behind a name (I love giving characters names which fit some part of their personality). I spent ages going back and forth between names until I just kept going back to the same ones.
2. Where did the inspiration for your current book come from?
I was sat watching a TV show, I can’t remember what it was, and I realised that everyone who becomes a chosen one, or is part of a prophecy, or has a certain destiny seems to never want to do it. They fight against it.
I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to write a story about someone who is part of a prophecy and really, really wants to be part of it. Someone who loves the idea of becoming a hero of destiny! And then it spiralled out from there 😀
3. What methods do you use to ensure you have no plot holes (journal, storyboard, outline, editor, etc.)?
I am a MAJOR plotter, I plan everything, every detail! Nothing tends to slip by. Though occasionally my brain will come up with something random and even better as I write, and I have to go back to make the rest of my plan and story consistent with this new plot point.
But I always keep a plan and tons of character sheets, locations sheets, scene sheets near me and jot stuff down as I go. I never like to miss or forget a thing.
Some really interesting questions this week, it’s always fun to delve a bit further into the planning stages of a book!
Now go check out what the very talented Fiona Riplee has to say about her writing 🙂
How would you answer these questions? Do you like finding out about how authors go about planning out books?
Status of Fourth Manuscript: Sent to readers for editing!
Books read: 1/4
July eBook review: Written and ready.