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Re: Writing Log
« Reply #120 on: April 21, 2022, 11:57:05 AM »
Well they do say that music has an extremely strong tie to memory, in the same way that smells do. So if I'm listening to a song and it speaks inspiration into my mind, I form a pretty strong attachment between said song and memory. It's like listening to the music you liked in highschool, and having the memories flood back. Same concept.

I can sympathize with getting caught up with names. They are awfully difficult. I don't mess around with invented place names too much, but for characters, I have a method for both getting a name and moving on quickly. Assuming I know at least two basic criteria about a character, this is my method:

1. Determine their basic character traits: personal history, culture they're from, role in the story, etc. I'm talking the birds eye view. You don't need the nitty gritty personality details.

2. Go to this website: http://www.20000-names.com/

3. Pick the first one that broadly aligns with the above criteria, and slap it in there. You can always change it later, but as long as you don't hate it, you're probably fine keeping it. Your readers won't care.

My only other word of advice is to make sure it's not a nightmare to write. You don't want to write a name that's 15 characters long with a bunch of apostrophes unless there's a damn good reason to.

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Re: Writing Log
« Reply #121 on: April 22, 2022, 07:36:49 AM »
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So if I'm listening to a song and it speaks inspiration into my mind, I form a pretty strong attachment between said song and memory.
That makes a lot of sense, I can relate to that. Issue is when you have a small playlist you hear the same songs a lot and so you don't have so much of a unique association for each one.

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Pick the first one that broadly aligns with the above criteria, and slap it in there.
I also do this for quick naming, and often enough as long as the name isn't crazy wrong it'll work as a final choice.
You can always use an autocorrect feature for complex names if you simply must have an annoying one. Not that I've ever done it but the feature exists. i.e. "Ga3" gets corrected to "Ga-reph-salome-napesh". I suggest using a number as that way you'll never mix it up with a normal word.
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Re: Writing Log
« Reply #122 on: May 11, 2022, 04:36:45 AM »
Good shouts on naming. Another thing I use for when i need "fantasy" names is the license plates on any passing cars. In the UK the last three digits will be a random combo of letters and that can sometimes be shuffled about in my brain to make a name or the beginnings of one. so for example "XBN" = Xebian, "OKA"= Oukura.

On the writing front since last update I have:
-Completed full chapter notes and scenes.
-Then decided to gouge out the 2nd act and rewrite it.
-Then absolutely did not get sidetracked making maps on inkarnate for a few days :-X
-I've also wanted to flex my actual writing muscles and began writing the 1st chapter. Hot damn Its been about 4 or 5 months and I am rusty! I hope to have the first draft of chapter 1 up on here when i've done and want to get some reviews done for others in the meantime. 

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Re: Writing Log
« Reply #123 on: May 13, 2022, 10:49:27 AM »
Ah yeah the license plate thing...I've done that too :P
I made a little program ages ago that gave me random letter combos for inspiration...I'll have to dig that out again :P
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Re: Writing Log
« Reply #124 on: May 19, 2022, 01:54:54 PM »
Last couple of weeks:

Slow but consistent War Arc progress. Almost done with the current monster chapter, and then at long last things should start moving at a good pace again. The next few things are going to be pretty sedate and dialogue heavy after the big action scenes of the current chapter. I'm much faster at those, so we should be in the home stretch before long.

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