So True…. Thanks Terry Ibele for the early morning laughs!
1. The Name You Can’t Pronounce
No, this isn’t he who shall not be named. This is that name you have no friggen clue how to say. It’s got twelve hyphens and six apostrophise with no vowels and two Q’s at the end.
It’s names like, M’Tsluiqrth-Neiea, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Bene Tleilax, or Hermione (even JK Rowling had to give us clues how to pronounce that).
Why make it hard for us readers? When I come across someone’s unpronounceable name, I just make up my own name instead. Bene Tleilax (from Frank Herbert’s Dune) just becomes, “Bean Tax” every time I read it, which makes the name even more ridiculous than it was before!
If I could slap every author who uses an unpronounceable name, I’d have a very sore hand.
2. The Blonde-Eyed, Blue-Haired, Chiseled Body, 16-Year Old Main Character
This applies mostly to Young Adult, but unless your story is about…
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