I am writing a highly fictional “sword and sorcery” novel. It takes place in a world of my invention, during a medieval themed age. I often use the first or last name of some people I know to name characters, never first and last name together though. Most people whose names I use are aware and have given written permission, but I have not asked everyone. In particular there are a couple inept characters that have the same first names as people I know, who have not informed beforehand. These characters have no similarity to the real life individuals, other than the fact that they have the first names of people I have worked with.
13. Include a title on your proposal. I'm amazed at how often the title is left for the end of the student's writing and then somehow forgotten when the proposal is prepared for the committee. A good proposal has a good title and it is the first thing to help the reader begin to understand the nature of your work. Use it wisely! Work on your title early in the process and revisit it often. It's easy for a reader to identify those proposals where the title has been focused upon by the student. Preparing a good title means: