Theme, just so we’re all on the same page, is a story’s underlying message. Children’s stories have only one or a few themes and make them very obvious: Honesty in Pinocchio, Diligence in The Three Little Pigs, and, my personal favorite, Eating Lots of Food in The Very Hungry Caterpillar. As the target audience ages, obviously, the themes become more complicated and numerous, while also becoming more nuanced.
The series will take us into a brand new fantasy setting of four islands where the Noykur rebellion aims to wrest control of the Severed Islands from the Minvithil regime, a nation teeming with powerful magi and indisputably in control of the ocean through a brutal sea creature.
One Noykur rebel, Asper Kujoh, strikes out on a quest into enemy territory to find ancient writings which could be the key to her enemies’ downfall.
I used to have such a hard time coming up with new names for characters, locations, and the like; it seemed like a haphazard process of jumbling sounds together, hoping to stumble across something that was the right balance of other-worldly, yet familiar, as well as compelling and original. I have more recently discovered several tricks and methods which take a lot of guesswork out of the process, and I wanted to share them to both help any other author who is struggling like I did and simply because I find the subject fascinating.
I’ve been thinking recently about going back to school to study English, but I have a hard time justifying the hassle it would be to transfer credits from the community college, figure out financial aid and/or pay a ton of money, and the stress and anxiety that goes along with homework and deadlines.
Discovering self publishing really pushed me to take writing more seriously, and that was when I really got into studying books at a new level. I started detecting patterns and have learned so much. There are so many elements that I feel like I missed in my first book that I’m so excited to integrate.
Names come from language, and I knew then that I wasn’t going to successfully develop an authentic-feeling setting if the names were coming from several dozen inspirations and languages from literally all over planet earth.