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What’s in a name?

March 22, 2008

Yesterday was the first day that I didn’t write at least 100 words. I wrote 91 words and these were words added while I transcribed my longhand onto the computer. But as ‘I’m with the Band’ is nearly finished (at over 100k), I need to work out where the missing pieces are. So I started a spreadsheet to record the details of each scene. Still working on the writing just in a different way.

This morning I woke up with the characters of Kirsty and Luke in my head from the film festival novel, Making the Cut. So already I’ve written two scenes with them, the first of which will insert somehow into the existing first chapter so that antagonist and hero are introduced early on. The only thing that concerns me is that the majority of the story is told from the point of view of the heroine, except for the scenes with Elizabeth, Bilby Creek’s matriarch, and these new scenes are from Luke’s point of view. Which means that I will probably have to rewrite some later scenes from Luke’s POV. (I need to CUT words not ADD words). Anyway, my renewed and sudden passion for this story means that the first three chapters should be rewritten very soon and submitted.

So far, it’s been a really good Easter weekend. It’s just me and the cat. And Thursday night I watched a Clark Gable movie Comrade X, which I hadn’t seen before. It was a movie made in 1940 so he’s in prime and he’s hot! I followed that up Friday morning with Homecoming. In this one he was a little older (made in 1948) but still it was nice to watch two of his movies that I hadn’t seen before. Of course, I saw Gone with the Wind when I was 13 and have liked him ever since. It doesn’t matter to me that he is always Clark Gable no matter what role he plays.

I’ve also reached the point where I need to change the names in ‘I’m with the Band’. I cannot possibly have a couple named Kat and Matt, and another couple Maddie and Freddie. It wasn’t purposeful, it just happened that way. Plus the band name needs to change as well. So I’ve been playing around on some generators on the web: Rate my Band, Band Name Maker plus others. At the moment, Eloquent Beast is sounding good to me for the name of the band. Names may change to Nelson (for Freddie, because he’s a bit pretentious and probably renamed himself), and Jake instead of Matt. And perhaps the singer will change to Ben. I find naming male characters very difficult. Common names are too common and I will come up with a name and then think of someone I know with that name and dismiss it. Uncommon names or unusual names often seem too pretentious or ‘soap-opera-style’ and often position the character in the wrong age group. Mind you, I have no problems using these names for minor characters: I have one sleazy guy in I’m with the Band called ‘Hunter’ and he is definitely on the hunt. Still, progress is being made and that’s all that matters.

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