What’s in a name?
As I’ve come to learn. A lot. The enough-to-stop-my-scenes-from-moving-forward-because-I-don’t-have-the-right-name sort of “a lot.”
For this year’s NaNoWriMo I’ve resurrected an old manuscript that I had written and rewritten over many years. It is the one story that I just can’t let go. Mystery, intrigue, murder, Nazi invasions, beautiful Arabian horses – it is everything I love all wrapped up into one.
But in the course of my rewrite, I decided the name of my male character was a bit too modern. So I changed it to a more time-appropriate name. But that name didnt fit this character that I’ve known (and abandoned) over the years. It made my scenes lag. I had to go back and correct the name when I went with the old one by accident. The female protagonist didn’t even feel comfortable with the name changed. (I asked her.)
So. I went back to the name I began with.
I changed the spelling just enough to go with the more traditional route. I think it works. I hope it works. Blast, it is going to have to work until November is over.
Have you ever hated a characters name in a book? Do you ever hear a name and think, “Hmm, that would make a good character name?”