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    the Rubber Duck Thread

    As I've mentioned before, it would be nice to have thread around here that we could use to talk about our ideas when we're stuck. It's called the rubber duck thread because like with coding, sometimes when things don't work out and you don't know where you went wrong, it helps to tell someone who is completely uninvolved - it can even be a literal rubber duck.
    So this thread is where you can come to if you feel a need to talk - but, of course, you can give your input on others' thoughts, too, or ask quick questions.
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    Hey! (I really love this thread, and I'm glad to be able to use it!) I'm having some trouble with a character in the story I'm creating. Her original name was Lola Mackenzie. I thought it was a simple enough name, and since many people tie it to being bada**, and I think it fits my character perfectly, since she's a teenage girl battling cancer. Mackenzie is a family name, (my family, not the character's family) and since it's a bit long, I thought it matched perfectly. But then I started to have doubts. I also truly love the name Stephanie Maddox. (nn Steph) Since 'crown' is the meaning of Stephanie, it also ties to the story since her mother is a fashion designer who is always on the road. She likes vintage clothing a lot, so naming her daughter Stephanie would seem practical. Maddox is a name chosen in honor of a great friend of mine, so it feels special to me. If it helps, here are some things that might help you spark up some ideas:

    Age: 14 (birthday is January 17th)
    Personality: Bold, quick-witted, humorous, but slightly anxious & shy about being her true self until the end of the story.
    Appearance: Light brown hair with highlights that are cut into a messy/shaggy pixie cut. Dark brown eyes and a slightly turned up nose. Tall for her age.
    Interests: Playing the drums, (They help ease her stress) taking nature walks, and photography.

    Thanks! (P.S. Her surname is Hollingshead)
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    Quote Originally Posted by møøn beam View Post
    Hey! (I really love this thread, and I'm glad to be able to use it!) I'm having some trouble with a character in the story I'm creating. Her original name was Lola Mackenzie. I thought it was a simple enough name, and since many people tie it to being bada**, and I think it fits my character perfectly, since she's a teenage girl battling cancer. Mackenzie is a family name, (my family, not the character's family) and since it's a bit long, I thought it matched perfectly. But then I started to have doubts. I also truly love the name Stephanie Maddox. (nn Steph) Since 'crown' is the meaning of Stephanie, it also ties to the story since her mother is a fashion designer who is always on the road. She likes vintage clothing a lot, so naming her daughter Stephanie would seem practical. Maddox is a name chosen in honor of a great friend of mine, so it feels special to me. If it helps, here are some things that might help you spark up some ideas:

    Age: 14 (birthday is January 17th)
    Personality: Bold, quick-witted, humorous, but slightly anxious & shy about being her true self until the end of the story.
    Appearance: Light brown hair with highlights that are cut into a messy/shaggy pixie cut. Dark brown eyes and a slightly turned up nose. Tall for her age.
    Interests: Playing the drums, (They help ease her stress) taking nature walks, and photography.

    Thanks! (P.S. Her surname is Hollingshead)
    I think both Lola and Stephanie could suit your character. I'm leaning towards Lola Mackenzie, just because I don't see Maddox fitting your character. I know it has a lot of personal significance to you, but, given the information provided, I can't see the connection to the story itself. Is there another character that could use the name Maddox?

    I love the sound of Lola Mackenzie Hollingshead / Lola Hollingshead
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    @nic_blondie -
    I definitely see your point! It always helps to hear someone else voice their opinion. I have a certain character that would totally rock the name Maddox, so I think it all works out! Thank you so much!!

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    I have this scene where I'm unsure if it's enough of a scene already. Because... nothing actually happens.

    About 12,000 words in, I'm introducing a new plotline with new characters that are mostly distinct from my main crew. I talk about the setting (the police office), who's present (two young policewomen and a retired computer scientist), their dynamic towards each other (the women are best freinds, one is more calm and one is loud, they watch over the old man because he's been showing signs of dementia), and mention another character that will become important later as a "hook" (arise questions about him so people will want to keep reading).
    I want to end the scene with the reader finding out that the police has been monitoring my main characters (and everyone else, surveillance hooray), which had been hinted at but wasn't known for sure. And now I wonder if that revelation is enough to call it a scene on its own, to make it a point in the story, because although the reader learns something new, nothing really happens in-universe.

    edit: I figured it out. I'm gonna do a time jump, have this happen 6-7 weeks after the previous scene, and tell the things that happened to the main cast in the mean time by having the new characters mention it.
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    I've been trying to plan out a new idea I have for a YA novel (maybe series?? Haven't gotten that far yet) all summer in attempt to get ready for NaNoWriMo this year. It's my first year of college and I have no idea what my life will be like in November, so I want to be as prepared as possible. I've been scouring Pinterest and writing blogs trying to do things the "right" way for this novel, such as planning out characters and symbols and motives which is all fine and dandy of course, and also probably gonna be helpful in the long run, but is incredibly boring right now. I just want to have some real plot ideas, some actual action, something I can play back in my head when I can't fall asleep at night but so far I have nothing! Well I have bits and pieces but no hardcore action or fighting scenes and I don't know where I can find them. I've written myself into a hole and I've barely started writing yet! I've planned myself into a hole, I guess. I've considered telling the story from both the protagonists' and the antagonist's points of view (because I really like my antagonist) to try and up the action but would that be weird/dumb? Would it just take away any mystery or suspense in the story? I know you can't force a story so I'm trying to let whatever happens happen but nothing is happening and I'm frustrated >.
    (This is more of a rant than a cry for help, but any advice would be great).
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    @sparkleninja, if you have no idea where to start, try a writing prompt. Put your characters in illogical situations to brainstorm how they'd react. You're likely not using any of this later, but that doesn't matter. Once, when I didn't know how to introduce a new character, I wrote a wikipedia entry on her father, just to get me thinking about the family.

    Writing from both hero's and villain's POV sounds interesting!
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    What the hell even is a plot and where can I get one because my brain is not working...
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    Wanda | 24 | statistics student | on summer break
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    @sparkleninja did you find something?

    I wrote myself into a hole again, yay
    So there are 2 five-year-olds in my story (from MC's POV, a cousin and the LI's brother) and it looks like they're going to meet? But? They can't?

    MC, LI and brother are at LI's home, they want to leave because the parents are fighting, where can they go? MC wants to visit his older cousin anyway, to ask her about the 5yo cousin (who's kind of living in the underground and MC has only recently found out about him), so that's where they would go, but they can't take the brother because he couldn't keep the secret, but they can't leave him at home with the fighting parents either?
    Dropping him off at a friend's place on the way would feel a bit deus ex, never having established said friend and never using them again later
    I kind of want them to take him along so the children meet, but Older Cousin wouldn't even tell MC the secret until recently, so how do I justify telling a 5yo total stranger?
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