Wednesday, May 25, 2005

A rose by any other name

Some people refer to writing fiction as "magic." I'm not exactly who those people are, off hand, but I'm sure they're out there. Where do they get their ideas? From everywhere, from nowhere, they simply existed and the writer is just putting this opus sent from the gods down on paper. And blah blah blah.

Some writers work in a flurry of inspiration, writing dozens of pages of deathless prose a day. Magic.

Not so much with me. It's hard work, this writing thing! Well, some days more than others. But there's one thing that isn't difficult. Something that comes to me like magic and there ain't nothing I can do about it.

Character names.

Sure, I have my "Name Your Baby" books which get raised eyebrows from those I'm bookstore shopping with. "No, I'm *not* pregnant," I tell them. But in a way, I guess I am. But my imaginative babies make up their own names.

For example, in the book I just finished, my MC's name is Valerie. I'd much prefer that it was something else, because I have an aunt named Valerie, and the character is in no way, shape or form based on her. I explained this to my character and she said, "Tough. My name's Val. Deal with it."

She's a bit rude.

In my first book, BITTEN & SMITTEN (January 2006, Warner Forever! Woo!! Um...where was I? Oh yeah...) a character named himself Thierry. I said to him, "What's up with that name? It's hard to say and looks sorta funny." He said, "Tough. My name's Thierry. It's pronounced 'Tee-Airy." Deal with it, ma cheri."

He can be rude at times, as well. Also, he doesn't speak French, so I don't know why he called me 'ma cheri.' Not that I mind, or anything...

I also have a recent character I named Fred. He preferred to be called Lloyd. I didn't have a problem with that. He just had a bit part, anyhow.

At least he was polite and asked nicely.

1 comment:

Y said...

LOL! You're so funny... I can't wait to read B&S so I can meet this Thierry guy! ;)