How to Name Your Sci-Fi Character

You want to write a science fiction book ,but you keep getting stumped on character names. You created a whole new beautiful world and need the names to reflect that, so how do you come up with them? That is what we will be discussing today!

Take a name you already know. Think of your favorite name in whatever language and modify it a little. Play around with the endings and beginning until it sounds like the perfect name for your character. 

Good ole name generator. Sometimes you need a little boost to get things started, and that’s where a name generator comes in handy. Fantasy name generator have more than just fantasy, but click on what you’re looking for and they can generate male and female names for you! Another good one is Donjon, they also have lots of genres and categories to choose from. 

Go back to the roots. Crack open a latin or greek dictionary and use root words to come up with a name!

Tell us how you come up with your unique character names!

Happy Writing!

Do It For You!

Do it for you and the rest will follow! Don’t be so hung up on being heard. You write for yourself after all, because you enjoy it. When you put all your work into a piece and you share it with the world, believe in yourself. Believe that you wrote something worth the time to read and people will read it!

Do the best that you can, and it will show. Your voice will be heard when the time is right. But in the meantime keep writing and keep trying to be the best that you can be! Sometimes the weekend can get the best of us but if anything, Monday can be a fresh start. 

Read some more of our posts for writing inspiration, and writing advice!

Happy Monday!

What is Playaway?

We all learn something new everyday right? Well Playaway is new to me…so if you don’t know what it is or would like to learn more come learn with me!

First things first, their website is awesome! And easy to navigate so follow along here if you want to take a look. 

Playaway is a pre-loaded audiobook. It gives the user the ability to take it on the go and listen to bestselling audiobooks to new releases wherever they go. And the best part is, you can get it at the library! This device is durable and doesn’t require wifi for use! And if you want to listen in the car and don’t want to put headphones on..no worries the universal jack is compatible with auxiliary cords too!

So visit your nearest library and see if you can take out a Playaway. And more good news! One of our newer audiobooks Savage Row by Britney King is now available on Playaway!

Happy Listening! 

Manifest Your Future

Whether you believe in it or not, you should always believe in yourself. I have been seeing manifestation more and more recently while scrolling through social media and such. If you don’t know what it is manifesting is bringing something tangible into your life through a belief, so if you can think it you can have it essentially. It is all about willpower!

Now, I am no expert in the matter but I can say that it definitely intrigues me! There are so many guides and articles and books on manifestation out there, so if you are interested hit up Google!

Here is the article that started it all for me: https://www.oprahdaily.com/life/a30244004/how-to-manifest-anything/

Happy Monday!

The Importance of the Book Review

In today’s cyber centered world, you can leave comments and reviews just about anywhere. What might seem like minor praise or dissatisfaction to the reviewer, these comments can just about make or break a product. The same goes for reviewing books. 

So, when the time comes to review a book here are a few things you should include:

  1. The title of the book and author.
  2. The genre and subgenre if applicable.
  3. Personal review – try to include an in-dept reason to why you feel the way you do.
  4. Rate the book on a scale, but make sure to explain how your personal scale works.

You can also include a summary of the book in your own words. These summaries should include the plot, setting, and the characters journey. Also keep in mind to make a disclosure if you talk about any spoilers. 

Overall, writing a book review is very helpful to both the author and potential readers. It lets people know if it is a book they would be interested in reading, and the author gets to know their readers a little bit better. Be true to your review- you can actually create a decent following by just expressing your real thoughts. There are accounts and blogs solely dedicated to reviewing books, so if you are someone interested in reading reviews you should check those out as well!   

Hashtags to Generate Book Buzz

Hashtags aren’t just a fun way to spice up your post, they have meaning! And can help your post get views with a certain audience. But for today’s purpose we will talk about hashtags for your upcoming book release, because believe me there’s hashtags for everything!

Now what’s important is choosing hashtags that are most active and somewhat active. Most active hashtags are the ones that people use over and over that get the most views, however when using them they could get lost in the sea of all those hashtags. So, sometimes it is good to pair most active and somewhat active hashtags together. 

When it comes time to choosing which ones to use, you can find help! There are many hashtag generators that you can use. One being best-hashtags.com. This one is great because their instagram algorithm constantly updates to see popular hashtags and you can search based on the topic of your post , for instance a book release. 

For this they would recommend using #bookrelease and #bookstagram along with others. 

So next time you want to post on instagram check to see what hashtags work best for you!

If you don’t like the way typical hashtags look in your post you can hide them! Instagram doesn’t care where the hashtags are in the post, they just have to be there. So, for example you can reply to your own post with a cute emoji then reply to that comment with hashtags. It will then appear like you put a smiley face in the comments but within that are all your hashtags! Even if someone comments their own hashtag it will still give your post recognition. Another way you can hide hashtags in your story is by covering them with a photo or sticker, its genius!

Happy Posting!

It’s Time to Take A Break

Are you feeling a little tired but you know you have to carry on with your work? I am here to say that it’s okay to take a break! Here are some great ways to take a break that will get you ready to get back to work!

Take a walk

Get some fresh air and move your body. It doesn’t have to be a long walk, but clear your mind, pop an audiobook or your favorite song and just relax. Any form of exercise will be beneficial during a break.

Stretch

If you’re feeling a little tense from sitting in a chair for a few hours, get up and stretch! Loosen up your muscles for a few minutes…trust me they will thank you later!

Call a friend

Take your mind off the task at hand and catch up with a friend. THis can be a great way to put you in a good mood and share what you’re working on. Maybe you can use them for some creative inspiration.

Cook a healthy meal/snack

Take care of your body and give it fuel! Knock out two birds with one stone and get ready for your meal, or prepare yourself a healthy snack. This will get your brain ready to work extra hard for you. 

Remember to incorporate breaks into your routine, they can help you in the long run!

Warm Up Your Writing Brain

Transcribe your thoughts to words faster by prepping your brain to prepare for writing. The purpose is not to create publishable material, but to get yourself ready for it!

The best way to start is to have no judgement or expectation of the outcome. You are writing to write more, which in turn will lead to writing better! 

Write more —-> write better —-> write more

It is a beautiful circle of writing!

Now, in terms of some writing warm ups there are millions of prepared prompts and questions that you can search with a click of a button. Some other things you can do are write letters, write comments back to your viewers, or write about your life!

And there are even things to warm up your brain beyond writing such as exercise, brain games and meditation. Find out what works best for you. Each week test something new until you find what works.

What do you do to warm up your writer’s brain? Share your favorites in the comments!

Happy Writing 

Let’s Dive into Romance Subgenres

Pinpointing your genre is an important part of your writing and publishing process. Focusing on a specific genre can help establish your niche, which in term helps you market your writing. Today we will focus on romance subgenres. 

Historical Romance

Writing a historical romance requires a lot of research, but it of course is worth it in the end! With books/shows like Outlander and Bridgerton historical romance is a hot commodity!

So pick a time in history! Be prepared to switch up the diction and introduce characters occupying roles such as a duke!

Contemporary Romance

Opposite of a historical romance, contemporary romance is focused in more modern times. More often than not there’s a happy ending involved, with realistic scenarios or outcomes. 

Erotic Romance

This explicit type of romance is characterized by sexualized characters. This subgenre can be fun too because it can intertwine with other subgenres such as science fiction. 

Paranormal, Sci-Fi, or Fantasy Romance

These subgenres can be separated into their own category, but for this purpose we will group them together. These types of novels are usually set in a different world and where you can really let your creative side run wild! Create your own words and way of life! Or do some paranormal research and do your own spin on vampires, werewolves etc. 

Young Adult Romance

The potline is key in young adult romance. You can probably guess how this one goes, and a lot of other tropes can be involved such as a bully romance or friends to lovers. Check out our how to write a friends to lovers novel here

This was a quick run down of some subgenres in romance. If this is something you would like to look into more let us know! We would be happy to do a deeper dive! 

Happy Writing!