Your story’s success hinges on suspending disbelief in your readers’ minds. Naming your fantasy creature “Fluffy Unicorn” might be appropriate in a picture book for kindergarten-aged readers, but it will likely cause your high-fantasy novel readers to slam their books closed in disgust. Likewise, you’d be truly lucky if your readers were still reading your short story after trying to pronounce your alien’s name of “Ag-K’Li’k’-O’dam-Go’Hai, the Third” for the fifth time.
In our February 2 meeting, Alan leads a discussion on creating appropriate names for the objects, characters, and worlds that are foundation of your stories. Tips and techniques for picking good names and making sure they convey the correct meaning will be shared.
Attendees: Please bring at least one name from your favorite speculative fiction story or novel for an object, a character, and a world. If you have examples of bad or inappropriate names, feel free to bring those to share, too.
Presenter: Alan Vincent Michaels
Location: Barnes & Noble, Pittsford
Meeting Time: February 2, 2016 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.