Deciding What You’ll Name Your Hero
Give your hero a strong name that fits the plot. The right name will help carry the story and serve as a constant reminder to your readers. Now, whether he wins or loses, it will be felt more intensely. Example: “Rocky got it in the gut and sunk to his knees howling in pain.” Or, ”Rocky rose to his feet roaring like a wild beast and hurled himself into his attackers.”
Think twice about names such as Curly (Three Stooges) Pussy (The Godfather). The same goes for giving men, feminine names as in Johnny Cash’s song, “A Boy Named Sue.” Though there are times, they have worked out well, such names usually cause confusion and are not advisable.
Consider using names that were popular in the time period of your story. Names of Greek and Roman Gods can also work well, depending upon the character.
Shy away from unpopular names. Remember also, that short names, sound more masculine than long names. And try switching last names for first names. Example: you might change Clark Gable to Gabe Clark.
If a good hero’s name still eludes you, search male and female names on the internet, or among baby books in any bookstore. These usually contain the underlying meaning of each name and their current ranking in popularity. Also, the backs of dictionaries will often have a good selection of names.
Should you decide to go with an anti-hero name, just make sure it works hard and earns its keep. Example: The boy called Tubby as a child turns into Mr. America.
And before you choose a childish name, make sure you can justify it. Early on in your story you’ll need to explain how the boy got stuck with it. Someone once told me, “You want your readers to feel romantic about your hero, not motherly.”
Bottom line? Put the same care into this as giving a name to your first-born.
Copyright: 2013 Gigi Galt
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I’ve been seeing the same two headlines lately. You probably have, too.
One goes like this: “Stocks have more than doubled in the last four years. They look expensive now. We’re due for a crash.”
The other goes something like this: “Stocks are only up because the Fed is printing so much money. But that printing is going to end soon. Look out below when it does.”
Put these two together, and it looks scary. The odds of a market crash seem about as high now as they have since 2008.
Now, I can’t forecast the market in the short run with any more accuracy than the experts. But let’s assume their fear is correct. Let’s assume the market is due for a crash.
WHAT MISTAKES DO YOU NEED TO AVOID?
Mistake #1–I am too valuable to the company to be laid off.
I thought that too. I was the company’s best performer in my field yet when the downsizing came I was let go. Point learned? Being the best at your job doesn’t guarantee you’ll survive the next round of cuts.
Mistake # 2–I’m very good at what I do and have excellent references.
Again so was I. But what I hadn’t taken into account was I needed a grown-up job. One with benefits and a salary big enough to support a family with kids in school. Point learned? I was being replaced by a kid fresh out of college still living at home with his parents––his new job was actually a combination of my job and 3 of my co-workers. My boss replaced me and the other at a third of the cost and a fraction of the benefits he’d been obligated to pay to us. The company benefited at our expense. We lost out.
Mistake #3–It’s okay to take a minimum wage or low paying job until the market improves.
It’s not okay, unless you want to get branded as a fry jockey or janitor or security guard. Don’t get me wrong––these are honest and decent professions––but not high paying and you have a family to support.
But regardless of your personal situation now, do keep in mind all economic indicators predict a continuing difficult and competitive job market for the middle class.
This undeniable fact leaves you with two choices:
1. Beef up your skill set so when the game of musical chairs begins you’ll have access to the available high paying seats requiring special skills.
2. Start your own business––learn the skills people want and you will need.
If you’re over 50, or your employer’s place of business has closed down, moved operations to an emerging nation or automated your position or you simply can’t take the daily grind anymore; then you need to start looking into starting your own business.
I understand, because I am a person who has done just that, and the quicker YOU start learning how, the better off YOU’RE going to be, because regardless of what anyone tells you of how wonderful BEING IN BUSINESS FOR YOURSELF IS, the truth is a successful business requires an enormous amount of work, dedication and the willingness to learn and persevere.
And NOW is the time to start. You don’t wait until the ship starts sinking to begin taking swimming lessons!
And imagine not having to listen to that arrogant jack-ass of a boss constantly criticizing your work, underpaying you and always alluding to the possibility that you’re always just a hairbreadth away from the unemployment line.
But seriously, I have done both and the truth is both have their advantages and disadvantages. I never realized just how easy working for corporate was. It boiled down to this. I showed up on time, did the work I was hired to do, made my boss look good, made friends with influential coworkers and as long as I never said anything that could be misconstrued as sexual harassment, then it was all good. I received a livable wage, had health benefits and a solid 401K plan. I never worried about sales, or the roll out of new products, or packaging & shipping costs or really anything not related to my job.
The commute was horrible, it required that I get up at 5:30 am. I had to wear a suit, and continuously teach a parade of new bosses their job, a job I was told I wasn’t qualified to hold myself because I didn’t have a bachelor degree or possess high-end computer skills.
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When you come down to it, it’s very simple. If you want a new job you need to learn new skills. Too often I’ve heard people say, “Oh, I’m no good with computers, I never seem to get them to do what I want.” And so they miss opportunity after opportunity simply because when things got a bit hard they threw in the towel.
This failure to learn basic computer skills can get you pushed to the back of the line when new opportunities arise. I was once made manager of all things computer when the company I worked for purchased a new software program for several thousand dollars and the person they hired to run it quit over a money dispute. I had won a computer in a novel-writing contest and was getting the ‘feel’ of it by learning Microsoft’s early word program, and by getting helpful input from a friend of mine who worked in a bank’s computer department
So I stepped up and said I could do it.
They were ecstatic! Got a big raise and the love of my employers. I took the manual home over the weekend and took notes to ask the software company’s help department to better explain the things that were a bit out of my grasp.
It was rough but within a few weeks I had a good handle on what I was doing and what I didn’t know was being fielded by the customer service person over at the software company. (Just so happened our package included unlimited technical support for the first 30 days.) By the time the month was up I was a pro.
My point is this: You can learn anything! You can learn to do anything. I taught myself how to play eight different musical instruments. It was hard as hell the first few times, but once I knew how much effort would be necessary, I just buckled down and plowed ahead. Remember, nothing is beyond your grasp if you decide you’re going to keep at it until you become successful.
There is a point to all this. The world of the future will be almost entirely dependent on computers in one form or another. The jobs that pay the best will be those that require some sort of coding.
Which means YOU HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO TYPE.
And don’t think you can get away with that hunt & peck method. Way, WAY too slow for the fast paced tech companies looking to hire. But The Underground College is here to help.
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If you practice every day, by the time the trial is up you should quite proficient. If that is the case you should buy the software, it’s only fair. Plus you just attained a skill that has doubled your value in the marketplace.
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My name is Zackary ‘Czar’ Richards and I am a novelist and a publisher. Like the great writers, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, I am also a futurist. One of my most popular books is a series called Revolution in America. In it I tell of a United States where the extremists, both liberal and conservative have won and the country has descended into chaos, class warfare and is paralyzed by overwhelming debt.
YOU MAY SAY:
“That’s fiction? It is Already Happening! Look around, it’s only a matter of time before your book becomes a reality.
But the chaos and catastrophe can be avoided. Once we accept the harsh realities of the Great Recession and what WILL happen due to new technology and the lure of cheap labor from emerging nations, we can adapt, prosper and set into motion an American technical revolution. . . .We can ignore what is occurring and get angry when even the minimum wage jobs disappear––Or muscle up, stop pointing fingers and start taking advantage of the unlimited opportunities provided by the internet.
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Right here at The Underground College.
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