27th June 2018 at 7:06 am #26168
Hello everyone, newbie Faye here. I’m incredibly close to having my MS ready to send out to agents.
I’ve been editing since the new year. My novel, Caged Foxes, is a mystery where the main characters are professional cage fighters. As with most real-life fighters, my characters have nicknames:
Athena ‘The Goddess’ Fox
Luke ‘Superstar’ Mar
I wondering how everyone would go about writing the nicknames. Would you use quote marks or italics, or just leave as plain text. At the moment, when included in speech I’ve left it plain:
‘In the blue corner, weighing in at one hundred and fourteen pounds, fighting out of North Shields, England, with a record of four wins and one defeat; Athena The Goddess Fox.’
But, in newspaper articles I’ve used quote marks:
Clark’s next opponent is the largely unknown Athena ‘The Goddess’ Fox, (4-1).
Suggestions most appreciated.
27th June 2018 at 7:30 am #26170
Quick question: do they always put forward their nicknames and their real names? If you just put forward the nicknames the issue is solved – The Goddess versus Superstar.
In both the examples you’ve put forwards,a third party is mentioning the two names. I’d use quote marks in the speech as well, as they give us the necessary pause to make the distinction in our minds. But that’s just me.
Athena Fox. Killer name. She was born to cage fight (with intelligence, one assumes).
27th June 2018 at 11:39 am #26252
Thanks for the reply Giselle :)
You’re right, she IS born to fight and yes, the mythology of Athena does come into play towards the end of the story.
The fighter name usually only crops up in real life when the fighters are weighed in and announced before the fight. Occasionally they are mentioned in news articles. Think Iron Mike Tyson or The Notorious Conor McGregor.
The fighter names are only mentioned a handful of times but I’d like to be consistent.
27th June 2018 at 11:55 am #26259
I’d always use quote marks if the nickname is being put between first name and surname as in your examples.
Sounds a good read. One of our gym instructors had his first pro MMA fight a few weeks ago. Broke his hand, poor sod.
27th June 2018 at 8:34 pm #26360
Hi Bella, thanks for replying. I do prefer using the quote marks. I think it breaks up the name and allows it to flow better.
Well done to your gym instructor. The fight scenes in my MS draw heavily on my experiences as a Taekwon-Do black belt. I used to compete internationally. I have a huge amount of respect for anyone who is brave enough and dedicated enough to pursue MMA as a career. It is a hard life and not one I think I could handle myself.
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