Sunday, February 17, 2013
Going off Dreams
Book 1 Nightdreams
The first installment in the Going off Dreams Series
February 17, 2013
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Behind the Scenes:
When I started writing about Eryn, I had originally scripted her with my name (or what my mom wanted it to be originally: Kristyna). However, I decided against it. I didn’t want the readers to associate the main character descriptively with the author (me). A couple days into writing, I knew that I wanted to add my nieces names in it. I have always thought that my sister did a fabulous job with their names.
Originally I had scripted in a parallel with my own life. The draft helped me to understand more about story development. Ultimately, I didn’t want to add my real life within this series and have been considering writing other works as well (that are a testimony of my life) non-fiction.
Recently in a Google+ discussion, the question came about of naming your character. I have answered how I came up with the names in a previous post. I truly enjoyed the process of building the character, then considering their attributes, researching names to match. Avlov is a witte weiven (“white women”, “white witch”, “woman of knowledge”) hence she is all white. Xylo is a word associated with wood; her character is described as have bark like skin.
What if you don’t like he name? Do I have to go through my entire composition to change the name when writing? No. Depending on what software you are using to compose your work. I personally use Microsoft Word®, this is a program that I have always used, and had to use with my on-line courses as well. It is easy to change a mass amount. When I changed the name Kris (from my original draft) to Eryn, you can click ctrl+f. In the prompt type in the name you want to change; it should pull up every reference in the composition. There is a drop menu that gives you the option of changing. In the navigation window, in the prompt where the word is you’ll see and x and an arrow pointing down. Click on the arrow and then select ‘replace’. Follow the prompts.
Research and Development:
A reader (OK, my mom) suggested that I should have been more descriptive of the main character. When writing Eryn, of course I am writing as if I am her at times, and then other times trying to convey the story and what is going on for the reader as well.
I didn’t want my audience to be bound by a definitive descriptive. I gave a few hints as to what she looks like, but I ultimately wanted the reader to have control of their perceptions of what she could look like.
Trivia: Did you know that I have a nieces named after two of the main characters?
From what you have read and what you picture in your mind what Eryn/Nyx looks like?
What celebrities would you recommend for the character roles?
Until the next time, or the next… dream.
P.S. Love you Mom <3