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Starting in the middle

Sometimes it helps to start at a random point in the narrative, instead of stressing about getting that perfect first sentence. Staying idle is a pretty easy way to destroy creativity.

mcatnip -

how do people name things??? i have a bunch of placeholder names for my characters/species/world but i can't keep calling the planet That Round Bitch forever

babushka -

can i reblog this to both my writing blogs because mood.

thedarklordgivenofucks -

I have a few sites bookmarked for this actually

  • Behind the Name is a good place to look for names, you can filter by all kinds of things when you search, and there's a counterpart for surnames too, it's like the only "baby name" site I trust
  • Fantasy Name Generators has like, everything you could ever think of for a fantasy/scifi story - character names, place names, even pop culture stuff like star trek

Sometimes this helps for writer's block

Sometimes when I'm suffering from particularly bad writer's block, I end up just writing up random scenes from different points in the story. Then later I join the scenes together into a coherent narrative. Writing in fragments really helps, because it's like putting together a puzzle. And sometimes it's easier to focus on writing the Big Event (TM) and then fill in the blanks later. Narratives don't have to be smooth when you're outlining or it's your first draft.