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Naming Characters

Sometimes, finding just the right name for your character can be tricky. Here, author Suzanne Hartmann shares some ways authors come up with names for their characters.

Naming Characters

By Suzanne Hartmann

Based on the responses I received from questioning authors at a couple of writing forums, the following were the top 10 responses to how writers name their characters.

1) Many characters come to authors already named. Somehow they just know what the character’s name is.

2) Use on-line name [...]

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There is a Day for Everything…

I can guarantee you that every single day has a significance – and I’m not just talking in God’s eyes. If you check out this website, you will find that there are “holidays” and/or “observances” (often more than one!) for every day of the week – and some of them are pretty silly.

For instance, did you know that this past Sunday was “No Pants Subway Ride Day?” (I hope you didn’t celebrate it LOL) And next Tuesday is “Penguin Awareness [...]

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Writing Deeper Characters

WRITING DEEPER CHARACTERS

by Randy Ingermanson

Deep characters are not deep merely because there’s something magical about them that sets them apart from other characters.

Deep characters are deep because the author chose to go deep with them. The author could have chosen to go shallow, and the result would have been shallow characters.

Any character can be a deep character. Any character can be a shallow character.

It’s not about who your characters are, it’s about what you choose to do with [...]

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The 2015 Fiction Page Turner Contest is Open!

It’s January, and it’s FaithWriters. You know what that means – right?

The ninth annual Page Turner Contest, sponsored by FaithWriters and Breath of Fresh Air Press, is accepting submissions! And this year, the focus is fiction. All Platinum 500 members are eligible to enter this fabulous contest, created just for you.

Maybe you’ve got a half-written manuscript gathering dust in the bottom of your wardrobe. Perhaps it’s something you wrote during NaNoWriMo last year. It could even be an idea that’s [...]

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And on to 2015!

Can you believe 2014 is nearly over? January 1 is a mere two days away. Maybe it’s time for us to look at our writing progress over the past twelve months and plot a course (with the Lord’s guidance, of course) for the year to come.

Of course, this doesn’t just have to be about writing. But since this IS a writing blog, that will be my focus (though not laser-like LOL) in this post.

I pretty much always set goals for [...]

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Meet Nikola Dimitrov

Nikola Dimitrov is a FaithWriters member and ministry leader in Bulgaria who has a book available in the FaithWriters book store (where it is part of FaithWriters’ free reads for reviews program) and on Amazon that allows you to look at the life of Jesus chronologically. Read on to learn more about his book, his process, his family, and his ministry.

Joanne Sher: Thanks for being willing to be interviewed, Nikola. Tell us a bit about how you got into writing. [...]

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Characterization Multitasking

CHARACTERIZATION MULTITASKING

By Linda Yezak

Your two main characters are in the same scene, but they’re not together. He’s doing his thing, she’s doing hers. You can reveal so much about both when you illustrate your POV character observing the other. Of course you can describe the observed character’s physical features, but why leave it at that? Why pass up the opportunity to tell your reader something about both characters?

As the author and creator of these [...]

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Meet 2014 Page Turner Winner Lori Dixon

We have quite an international bunch this year for Page Turner winners – an American, a Kiwi(New Zealander), and a Canadian each placed in this year’s contest. The FaithWriters/Breath of Fresh Air Press 2014 Nonfiction Page Turner champion is the lovely Lori Dixon of Canada. Read her interview below to learn more about her, her winning manuscript Walk a Mile in her Shoes, and her other passions.

Joanne Sher: First of all, congratulations on your win! Can you tell us a [...]

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What’s the Big Idea?

What’s the Big Idea?
By Delia Latham

Got a Mason jar? Or maybe an old mayonnaise jar you’ve run through the dishwasher and stuck in the back corner of the top shelf in case you need it for some unknown something in the future?

Here’s that something.

As a writer, you should always be seeking “the big idea.” As a writer, you should be using the bellows of imagination to ignite tiny sparks of idea into blazing fires of fabulous fiction.

Ideas are everywhere, and [...]

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Finding Your Dream Agent

Finding Your Dream Agent

By Dorothy Love

You’ve spent months, maybe years on a manuscript. Finally it’s finished and you’re ready to look for your dream agent. How do you wade through the bewildering maze of literary agents out there to find the one who is your perfect match? For twenty years, I’ve worked with wonderful agents in both the general and inspirational markets. Here are a few FAQ’s to help you  as you go about [...]

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