What’s in a Name?

 

Last night I was speaking to a friend of mine about how I choose the names my characters. She, too, is a writer and is having some difficulty with what to call the protagonist in one of her stories. She thought she had picked a name she liked, but later realized that she was wrong. She even went so far as to say the name annoys her. And she wanted to know what she could do about it.

I told her my process. It’s actually pretty simple one, I think. Though it does involve a little trial and error.

I write until I come upon the name that feels right.
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Nanowrimo and My Rewrite

Nanowrimo is interesting this year. I’ve decided to do a rewrite instead of a completely new story. But here’s the thing: I’m actually adding a lot of new stuff to the story I have.

I never did that before in rewrites. I tried to stick to the original manuscript as much as possible. I would focus on improving dialogue and character development. I would look for inconsistencies and errors. But I wouldn’t actually add anything to the story.

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Nanowrimo: Just Write and Have Fun

As Nanowrimo approaches, there is a lot of buzz going around. I’ve read blog posts on things you need to do to accomplish writing your 50,000 words. That has ranged in everything from where you write and what you eat to mapping out your plot and working on your character development. I’ve also read posts on how anxious people are about hitting that word-goal. It takes a lot of time and dedication to get it done and is most definitely daunting!

Personally, I’ve done Nanowrimo four times and was a winner three of them because I ditched one year’s project to work on something else. I’ve also done the Nanorwimo style of writing (50,000 words in one month) to write three other books (not in November).

This isn’t to brag. It’s simply to let you know that the Nanowrimo style of writing has worked for me.

And there’s really only two things I’ve followed each time: the first is to focus on the word count; the second is to have fun.

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Being Truthful to the Characters

I finally got through a major hurdle. I mean, I think it was a major hurdle. I had been working on the same chapter for three days. I couldn’t get it to sound exactly the way I wanted. I’m not actually sure that it is the way I wanted. But it was enough to feel comfortable sending it off to my friend to edit. Continue reading

Stephen King to the Rescue!

img_2858In honour of Stephen King’s birthday, I sat down to read my favourite book of his, The Stand. I didn’t get very far into it before I changed my mind and switched to his book On Writing. I struggled with my writing (or editing) today and thought that this might be a good way to snap me out of it (drawing and a walk didn’t help – refer to my previous post for that to make any sense).

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A Rough Day

Writing has been rough today. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve changed my editing process or because my mind is on other things. Probably both. But I was only able to write 199 words in two hours. And that sucks.

I can usually write 1500 words in 40 minutes. But that’s when I’m doing my stream-of-consciousness style writing. When I edit, things are usually slower. I tend to finish a chapter a day at least, though.

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That One Like

I cried after writing my first blog post.

I had been working on Glory for a long time and had been told that blogging would be a good way to get the word out about it. Since I had always planned on self-publishing (no publishing house was going to look at a 300,000 word book from a first time author), I knew I had had to do some promotion myself.

The blog post was exactly about that: that I had finished my book and was trying to get it out there. I honestly think I had finished it that day. It was before I even started the editing process.

I had no idea what to expect. I had never written a blog before. I hadn’t read many either. So I had thought that maybe I was going to write something that no one was ever going to see.

But I went ahead with it anyway. I wrote my post. I posted it. And two minutes later I received an email that said “So-and-so likes your post”. Continue reading