Through the Desert

The Bob the Barbarian Conundrum

You’re reading a fantasy novel with weird names full of apostrophes in a fantastic setting. And then comes the barbarian, named Bob. Like he’s from the bar next door or the accountant at the office. A lot of people have complained about that over the years, and it’s often seen as a sign of a newbie writer. Now, fine, I’ve been writing in unpublished obscurity but I’ve read a lot of books, not least about the ideas, skills and approaches to writing stories. And I’ve been doing that (with a good number of loooooong breaks)… Read More »The Bob the Barbarian Conundrum