Monday, February 15, 2010

The Name Game

What's in a name? A lot.

Every time you create a new character, there comes a time where they need a name. If you think this is easy then chances are, you don't write stories. For me, the name is everything. The name is the character and the character is the name.

What sucks for me is lists of names don't work. This universe my characters come from isn't earth and they don't have earth names unless they come from earth. Some characters do, but not many. In the giant database in my brain where this universe exists, I can only think of three characters with earth names. The rest are up to me to create and it's a hard thing to do.

Usually I'll end up staring at my computer, pecking at the keyboard trying to come up with something that works, that fits who they are or who they will be. Tonight, I'm completely stumped. This is why there's no part 2 of Life Reborn so far.

I tried to get by without giving her a name yet. It worked too, until I planned ahead some more and realized, she needs a name here so that it will be connected to future events. I need you, the reader, to connected multiple scenes together and I see now that the connection is her name. So, I'm stuck, staring at my screen, stumped and nameless.

Wish me luck, I'll get part 2 up as soon as I can.

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