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depizan:

striges13:

depizan:

Urgh. It is so hard to write from the point of view of someone who’s determinedly not using another character’s name. This is what I get for using first personesque third person to write in. And hopping viewpoints. Blargle.

I mean, I could use the person’s name anyway, but since the person whose…

Rixik (in all of his incarnations) is the only one of my characters who does this on a regular basis. Most often, he picks a name to substitute for the other character’s name. A Zabrak became “Horns”, a port authority official was “Blue-Uniform”, another Twi’lek turned into “Cream Suit”. I introduce the particular descriptor when the character is first seen and stick with it until (unless) Rixik decides to use their proper name.

A writer on the forums substituted the other character’s role or function for their name. Vette was “the Slave,” for example.

I can link some examples if you want. I’m posting from my phone or I’d do so now.

Hmm.  Maybe it’s just looking weird to me because I’ve never written a character who didn’t use other characters’ names once they learned them.  So the longer she continues to call someone by a descriptor instead, the more weirded out some part of my brain is.  Even though she has reasons for doing so.

I’ll post links when I’m home on a regular computer. Maybe a few examples will help, or allay your doubts. If your character refuses to use names, that’s part of her thought process.

The hard part is not confusing the reader.

As promised, a handful of links to some TOR stories where main characters refer to other characters by something other than their proper names.

DomiSotto’s Becchino, a Sith Warrior who names other characters by their function.

My Shen/Rixik.  The first section of this four-part story, containing both Horns the Zabrak and Blue-Uniform, the Port Authority agent.  There is violence toward a child in that section.

Two characters referring to each other by not-their-name, Shen/Rixik and Kelka the Rodian.

An AU Shen/Rixik, where he thinks of two other characters by descriptive names because he never learns their real ones.  First section only, contains Imperial Agent spoilers if you read further than the “three days later” break.

Last, and containing major Imperial Agent spoilers from the get-go, a third-person subjective piece in which the perspective character does not name himself except by rank but does refer to the other characters by name.  This is in same AU as in the previous link.

Hope this helps.

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depizan:

striges13:

depizan:

Urgh. It is so hard to write from the point of view of someone who’s determinedly not using another character’s name. This is what I get for using first personesque third person to write in. And hopping viewpoints. Blargle.

I mean, I could use the person’s name anyway, but since the person whose…

Rixik (in all of his incarnations) is the only one of my characters who does this on a regular basis. Most often, he picks a name to substitute for the other character’s name. A Zabrak became “Horns”, a port authority official was “Blue-Uniform”, another Twi’lek turned into “Cream Suit”. I introduce the particular descriptor when the character is first seen and stick with it until (unless) Rixik decides to use their proper name.

A writer on the forums substituted the other character’s role or function for their name. Vette was “the Slave,” for example.

I can link some examples if you want. I’m posting from my phone or I’d do so now.

Hmm.  Maybe it’s just looking weird to me because I’ve never written a character who didn’t use other characters’ names once they learned them.  So the longer she continues to call someone by a descriptor instead, the more weirded out some part of my brain is.  Even though she has reasons for doing so.

I’ll post links when I’m home on a regular computer. Maybe a few examples will help, or allay your doubts. If your character refuses to use names, that’s part of her thought process.

The hard part is not confusing the reader.

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depizan:

Urgh. It is so hard to write from the point of view of someone who’s determinedly not using another character’s name. This is what I get for using first personesque third person to write in. And hopping viewpoints. Blargle.

I mean, I could use the person’s name anyway, but since the person whose…

Rixik (in all of his incarnations) is the only one of my characters who does this on a regular basis. Most often, he picks a name to substitute for the other character’s name. A Zabrak became “Horns”, a port authority official was “Blue-Uniform”, another Twi’lek turned into “Cream Suit”. I introduce the particular descriptor when the character is first seen and stick with it until (unless) Rixik decides to use their proper name.

A writer on the forums substituted the other character’s role or function for their name. Vette was “the Slave,” for example.

I can link some examples if you want. I’m posting from my phone or I’d do so now.

theduplicitytimes:

6 WRITING TIPS FROM JOHN STEINBECK

  1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised.
  2. Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material.
  3. Forget your generalized audience. In the first place, the nameless, faceless audience will scare you to death and in the second place, unlike the theater, it doesn’t exist. In writing, your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person—a real person you know, or an imagined person and write to that one.
  4. If a scene or a section gets the better of you and you still think you want it—bypass it and go on. When you have finished the whole you can come back to it and then you may find that the reason it gave trouble is because it didn’t belong there.
  5. Beware of a scene that becomes too dear to you, dearer than the rest. It will usually be found that it is out of drawing.
  6. If you are using dialogue—say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.

"If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The formula seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader. If the writer has that urge, he may sometimes, but by no means always, find the way to do it. You must perceive the excellence that makes a good story good or the errors that makes a bad story. For a bad story is only an ineffective story."

rissalf:

lesabear:

brightephemera is a phenomenal writer and pretty much single-handedly responsible for me getting into the fandom outside of the game. Without her influence I might not have met so many amazing people.

Without Bright I’d never have even considered writing any kind of fanfiction…I’d probably have quit TOR for good months and months ago, and I would have missed out on so many stories and so many great people I’ve met in this community. So, I owe her a lot (and she owes me for the time spent on writing in between work and other activities ;)).

Yay Bright!

This. Exactly what lesabear said.

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