Beta-Testers Wanted for PDF Worksheet

94441116_315b6c67e7_oDo we have any teachers or textbook/continuing-ed authors in the house?

Last night I was inspired to take my recent post on coming up with names and rework it so that it is more about going through the process of finding the names and less about talking about the process.

I created a PDF which should make it easier for a user to invent a name, but before I release it into the wild I need feedback on the design, instructions, formatting, and on whether the process works.

Would anyone care to give it a try?

Your help would be deeply appreciated. Thanks!

Edit: I’ve updated this post with version 2 of the PDF.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Frank26 May, 2016

    It appears there are different fonts being used or different font sizes in the body of text. One font/size for the body is better.

    The PDF may work better as a form (requires Acrobat) so that the user can type into the fields.

    There is a xxxxx at the end, not sure what that is for.

    1. Nate Hoffelder26 May, 2016

      I don’t have Acrobat, but I might be able to borrow a copy.

      I can fix the font size, but I don’t know how the xxxx got added.

  2. Muratcan Simsek26 May, 2016

    If this is for printing, lose the spacing between the paragraphs and put indents. Georgia and Liberation Serif isn’t a good mix. Either use one serif type, or make a mix with a serif and a sans.

    Also, line spacing is too small.

    1. Nate Hoffelder26 May, 2016

      Boy, am I glad I didn’t declare this finished and complete. There’s a lot I didn’t know about formatting.


  3. Muratcan Simsek26 May, 2016

    Ligatures are also missing, enable the feature.

  4. Michael26 May, 2016

    I don’t have anything to add about the presentation at the moment, but in your admonition to “carefully consider the context, connotation, subtext, and cultural references in the name”, you might add a reminder about security as well, since many of the answers also correspond to the kinds of security questions used by banks, e-mail providers, and so on. I have my own system for coming up with memorable lies on those, wanting to limit the damage should my answers be exposed by a hack at some point, but I’m sure many people do answer them truthfully.

    1. Nate Hoffelder26 May, 2016

      Good point!

      I hadn’t even considered the security aspect.

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