Date: February 1-28, 2017
Presented by author Catherine E. McLean – http://www.WritersCheatSheets.com
FEE: $60.00 (includes bonus, see below) – Class size is limited.
Since nothing in a story must stop the reader and pull them out of the story world, every name used deserves scrutiny. After all, names not only identify characters but names also identify worlds and realms, gadgets and technology, beasts and vegetation, aliens and robots, and much more.
This month-long, in-depth, online course covers:
* How the look of a name (its spelling) and its accompanying noise (the pronunciation, sound, and rhythm) resonates on a conscious and subconscious level and how that affects a reader and the story
* How archetype names are shortcuts to a character’s character (which eliminates drafting thousands of words to figure out tags and traits)
* How to recognize, decipher, and understand the symbolism and patterns in word-names (real life examples include Pansy O’Hara vs. Scarlett O’Hara, Sherringford Holmes vs. Sherlock Holmes, and Luke Starkiller vs. Luke Skywalker)
* How to avoid unpronounceable, confusing, and kazoo-sounding names like Tacye and Cuxirimay
* How to spot unintentional word-name rhyming as well as repetitions, which ruins the flow of a story
* How to avoid Freudian slips and faux paus like Sean Conner and Amerizana
To optimize reader believability and streamline the storytelling process, it’s necessary to understand how The Noise of Their Name affects a reader.
COURSE BONUS: Those completing this course will receive “10 Ways to Create Believable Word-Names for a Story.”
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Catherine McLean is a published author of short stories and novels. She’s a longtime Pennwriters member who gives online and in-person workshops and has had two dozen articles published on the devices and techniques of writing fiction. For more information, visit her websites —
For writers – www.WritersCheatSheets.com
For readers – www.CatherineEmclean.com
TESTIMONIALS from Catherine’s students:
I’ve been in two of Catherine’s online classes. She has a green thumb with her words and is a genius in her craft! – J.R., West Pittsburg, PA
She’s a hawk-eyed evaluator! – A.K., Barnesville PA
I feel like I’ve been pounding my head against a brick wall all this time and you’ve pointed out so many things that I haven’t been able to see since I’m so close to the story.” – L.P.S, Colorado