In my final year of high school, we were set a writing prompt: Shooting Stars. We could do whatever we liked with it as long as we had a story at the end with that title. Looking back, Mrs B. must have dreaded my essays. I never was one for taking things at face value and, needless to say, I dismissed out of hand the common classroom themes of wish fulfilment. That essay is finally coming of age this summer.
People really do call their children La-a, Fredriel is the new Legolas, and if you can't holler your protagonist's name from your garden gate, you might want to rethink it. Here's five things to ask when you're choosing names for your characters.
It's February, so we continue the conversation about romance in fiction. Apparently there's more to relationships than rippling muscles and fluttering eyelashes, so what makes for a believable love interest?
There's nothing worse than setting off on an epic adventure with an exciting pair of protagonists for company only for the author to force them into a relationship. Here's why we need a few more platonic protagonists in our fiction.