How to Pick a Character’s Name

Andrea Lundgren

This is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog-hop, designed to help encourage authors and foster discussions about writing topics across the internet and the world. This month’s question is “What’s harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names


For me, it’s definitely coming up with a book title. Because I’m primarily writing a series, I want the titles to all work together, to where they sound like they’re part of a “family” of books. And then, I want them to be memorable, to not be something already used by another writer (at least, not on the blockbuster level). I don’t want to be one of 5 or 10 authors who wrote a book by the same name if possible.

By comparison, coming up with names is simple. I usually start with a feel for who the character is, what sort of person…

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Tools of Medieval Wisdom Unearthed Beneath England’s Ancient Academic Hub

Archaeologists in England have unearthed in excess of 10,000 medieval artifacts in central Oxford and every single one of them is providing a clearer picture of day to day life at Oxford University, as it was seven centuries ago.

Oxford University has become England’s academic pulsing heart, but it began as part of a friary established by Franciscan friars in 1224, known as Greyfriars. The massive archaeological dig is being directed by archaeologist, Ben Ford of the heritage consultancy, Oxford Archaeology, who told reporters at The Independent, among the smaller finds were “writing equipment, refectory cutlery and even ceramic beer mugs used by students and teachers back in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries.” They also recovered “Ultra-rare octagonal oak columns, possibly from the friary’s 13th century timber church,” and a “beautiful mediaeval tiled pavement from the friary… discovered very near the new Westgate shopping center in central Oxford, archaeologists told reporters.”

According to the archeological report the dig has unearthed the iron knives and spoons, for consuming potage and broth. The recent finds tell archaeologists that Oxford’s medieval scholars ate a very wide range of terrestrial sourced foods including “meat, eggs, cereals, mutton, lamb, pork, beef, chicken and geese.” Sea fish included cod, whiting, haddock, herring, eel, gurnard, conger, grey mullet, thornback ray, salmon and sea trout, and archaeologists reported that among the freshwater fish eaten were roach and dace. A microscopic examination of all the food remains and radiocarbon dating will begin shortly.

Read the rest of this interesting article on the Ancient Origins website.

Short Story Writing Contest! $250 Cash and Prizes Worth Over $3,200

(Posted on Into the Writer Lea by Andrea Lundgren)

Hi all! I’m excited to announce A Writer’s Path’s first writing contest. We have an excellent panel of 5 judges and 6 sponsors, and we’re looking to make this a large event.

Writing contests are a great way to gain experience and have the possibility of winning cash and prizes. For the winners, it’s also a great thing to add to your writing resume.


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Rapid Fire Book Tag

From David Wiley at The Scholarly Scribe–

My friend Joshua Robertson, author of books such as Anaerfell and Melkorka and owner of Crimson Edge Press, just did a fun little rapid fire book tag on his YouTube channel. Instead of tagging people he left it open for people to answer themselves. And who says a blogger can’t participate in these tags? So check out my answers to these questions and feel free to make a blog post or a video and answer them yourselves. If you comment here with a link to them, I will gladly visit and comment!

Source: Rapid Fire Book Tag

I’ll join in on this one…why not? Click the link above to see David’s answers, and here are mine below:

E-Book or Physical Book? Physical Book
Paperback or Hardback? Paperback
Online or In-Store Book Shopping? Online
Trilogies or Series? Series
Heroes or Villains? Heroes
A book you want everyone to read? The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Recommend an underrated book? I don’t really pay attention to how others rate books.
The last book you finished? But Kisses Never Hurt Me by Andrea Lundgren
The Last Book You Bought?  The Thunder King by Lee Duigon
Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark? A popsicle stick (clean, of course)
Used Books: Yes or No? Yes
Top Three Favourite Genres? Fantasy/Christian Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Fairy Tales and Mythology
Borrow or Buy? Buy
Characters or Plot? Character
Long or Short Books? Either (quality is the most important measure)
Long or Short Chapters? Long chapters
Name The First Three Books You Think Of… The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Thunder King by Lee Duigon (because I’m reading it now and love it), Monster Huntress by David Wiley (because it’s stuck in my head and I want to get back to reading it very soon).
Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry? Definitely laugh!
Our World or Fictional Worlds? Fictional
Audiobooks: Yes or No? No
Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover? I try not to, but it’s hard.
Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?  Book to Movie…if they don’t totally screw it up. (…Narnia *cough*)
A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book? Not sure that has ever happened, though Lord of the Rings has come the closest.
Series or Standalone’s? Series