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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Part One is Done

Part One of “The King’s Son” is done. It took me a lot longer than I had expected. It was also a lot more gut-wrenching. I struggled a lot. But with the support of friends and family and a particular friend/editor (Lisa, I’m so thankful for all of your help!) I was able to get through it. At least for now. I’ll still need to do another quick read-through for pacing and proofing, but the main part is done. Continue reading

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

On Not Quitting

I came across this quote yesterday by Richard Bach: A professional author is an amateur author who didn’t quit. I couldn’t have seen it at a better time.

Editing and rewriting my book has been hard. Even now, looking now at one of the pages of my manuscript, I see all of the notes on how I need to expand certain parts (I wrote a post about that) and cut others, how I have to get deeper into the characters’ thoughts and actions, how I must add a lot more description.

That I took those notes in red ink doesn’t help (as I had been warned). It looks angry. It looks aggressive. It looks like blood has been splattered across the page.

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EXPAND!

I spent the week reading through my manuscript. I had been doing edits on my computer, but decided to print it off and work with it that way (with a notebook to write in as well). It was great to approach my writing through something other than typing on a keyboard and staring at a screen. It got me into the story from another direction.

But what I’ve found is that I have a lot more work to do. Continue reading

Giving Twitter a Try

As ridiculous as it may sound, I’m finally giving Twitter a try.

Now, I say “ridiculous” because it’s been around for years and, from what I can see, most of my friends have been on it from the beginning (or somewhere close to it).

The thing is that I was living abroad at that time (pretty much since 2003 actually) and the countries I was in (Korea and China) had their own versions of it. Just as a little side note, Twitter isn’t even allowed in China.

But, on the advice – or I should say persistence – of a friend, I figured it would be a good to give it a go. Because, as she put it, it’s an easy and fast way to connect with followers. Continue reading