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  1. It depends on the genre I'm writing in. For Biblical Fiction, I pick names appropriate for that time and place in history, either by looking through the Bible or historical name lists, or both. For Fantasy, I have a strict protocol. I always pick a real-world reference language or languages that color all the names (of people and places) for each of my Fantasy cultures. Then all the names from each culture sound consistent. For Science Fiction, I have only ever written a futuristic type story (like Star Trek) and never an alternate-galaxy type story (like Star Wars). I tend to go hog-wild with some of the personal names but keep the last names recognizable, for the most part.
  2. Love it! ☺️ My fav is never on these, though! It's CS Lewis, from the beginning of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."
  3. I definitely think He does, a lot! But sometimes, I think He really does put obstacles in our way. Jonah would have a thing or two to say about this, I think! It happened to Paul and Timothy in Acts 16:7, too.
  4. Oy. As @Nicholas Reicher said, leaf them alone - they're bushed, for pete's sake!
  5. Hey @Shamrock, my site is Wordpress-based and I'm obsessed with things looking "clean and simple". There's a link in my profile if you want to take a look.
  6. Star Trek (nerdalert again, I'm always bringing up SciFi and Fantasy) is famous for having episodes where the conflict is not due to a villain, but due to an external phenomenon or just character interactions. As @suspensewriter said, it is very hard to hold reader (or watcher) interest if there is no villain to vanquish. I think it comes down to strong and well-liked characters. If you get to that point, people will even like to just read about/watch them play chess or go out for brunch. But it's hard to get to that point; it takes a lot of time and investment - and even then, the chess game or brunch has to be done right.
  7. NO. Ugh. Prayers rising. Hate it when this happens.
  8. A lot of aspiring writers think they’re going to be the next JK Rowling and make a gazillion dollars. While this guy got some good deals, he does live in the most expensive area in the US and it looks like made some non-forward-thinking decisions with his money. This is a guy with 5 book deals and he is not rolling in money. I just think it’s good perspective.
  9. Hard to hear, but honestly something all aspiring authors should know.
  10. Good to see you! Praying for your tech situation.
  11. I was stuck in LA traffic with a guy from Russia once (exchange student). He calmly said: "In Moscow it is much worse". Apparently they have seven-lane highways where everything comes to a stop and they get out and play ball (?!?). That said, I would never recommend this in LA and definitely not in Moscow. Anyone seen those Russian dashcam videos? Eeek.
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