August 28, 2009

Fun Friday at Casablanca

Today, author and fellow blogger Donna Lea Simpson has declared it Fun Friday! I can't encourage you enough to check out her post here. For any of us who also write stories and/or novels in our spare time, the websites she mentions are a valuable tool. Not just to help improve our writing skills but to make what can be a time consuming (for some) and stressful (for others) chore a whole lot more fun.

Using the tools Donna suggested to get my gothic romance novel title, a hero, a heroine, a villain, a villainous catchphrase, a plot twist and a title, here is my info:

Title: Demon Candlewood Abbey (love this title! It really does sound like a gothic romance, something DuMaurier, Bronte or Austen would have written!)

Location: Claydent (does this sound like a farming community? Or something along the lines of Meryton?)

Heroine: Charlotte Onslow (sounds like a serious minded young lady. Perhaps she expected to become a governess?)

Hero: Frederick Rotherham (doesn't this sound like a Mr. Darcy-ish type of hero? A proud man, maybe a bit standoffish, until our heroine gets to know him?)

Villain: Ichabod the Devourer (no question with that name who the bad guy is! I'm thinking maybe he has very red hair and perhaps a beard?)

Villainous Cursing: "Great son of a swollen scallywag-brained shrew!"

Plot twist: Without warning, a maid arrives and pulls a gun. (Why? Because the maid wants Frederick Rotherham for herself? Because the maid has been influenced by Ichabod the Devourer? Or because something evil is affecting people around Demon Candlewood Abbey?)

See what I mean? So much fun and it's amazing how being given just these few little tidbits of information can really start your creative juices flowing. You immediately start thinking about what Demon Candlewood Abbey looks like, how many people live there, how it got its name, etc.

So check out Donna's blog post and use her links to have fun yourself with the name generator system.

Also, if you're a fan of mysteries, be sure to check out Donna's personal blog "Cozy Murder Mysteries" here. It's well worth your time.

Happy reading and writing!


Tales of Whimsy said...

Fun! :) Thanks.

Sarbear said...

Hahaha, I love things like this tha can prompt writing.

Donna Lea Simpson said...

Hey, Lori, thanks for posting this! and have fun everyone... feel free to post what weird and wacky story ideas YOU got from the randomizer on the Casablanca blog!