IWSG-June 2018

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It has been a crazy month! My twins decided it was worth the effort to graduate from high school. It was down to the very end for one boy in a few classes, but he figured things out and got the grades.

I have to admit, I was more emotional than I expected. I had a few tears, watching my (seemingly suddenly) almost adult children cross that stage and get their diplomas. Of course the hardest part was realizing how fast time really flies. I’ve only spent ten years with these two, but from this vantage point, the years have slipped by in a blink.

As one might expect, writing has been on the back burner, simmering, sometimes bubbling over the rim, scalding the burner. I have every intent to stir that concoction a little more this month.

The optional question for IWSG Wednesday is-

What’s harder for you to come up with, book titles or character name?

Honestly, they are both hard for me, but titles are likely harder. In my first book, I had the MC name pretty early on. His daughters name came pretty easy as well, but the rest of the characters took their sweet time getting named. A few altered midway thorough. That first novel has had three different titles, and I’m finally satisfied with the one on the first page.

Funny enough, in the second book, the title was super easy. Names weren’t particularly difficult either, but in this case, harder than deciding what the book would be called.

In the third novel, again the MC came pretty fast, but the other names hid away for a few pages, maybe 50. The title eluded me until the third draft. For almost a year, the document was called Novel Three, and the first page of the document said, “Insert clever title here…soon.”

I think any difficulty i encounter in naming characters comes from wanting the names to stand out, be memorable, but not appear too outlandish or too common. The wrong character name can really make the rest of the writing difficult. Many times when I’ve felt I needed to change a name, it is because writing it nevert feel right. Is that a strange thing to say? I hope so.

Titles on the other hand, need to say something interesting about your book. They are often the first thing a potential reader encounters and the wrong title might lead to a book being skipped over. I hate to admit this, but I used to (and maybe still do) want my titles to be super clever. I know that is why my first book was so hard to name. Calling the second book, “The Reset” was not all that clever, but made sense for the book.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by. Leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to visit your blog as well.

Happy writing.

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About Ryan Carty

There are some who call me, Tim?

3 responses to “IWSG-June 2018”

  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh (@AlexJCavanaugh) says :

    Congratulations to the twins.
    Names are easy for me, but I’m usually lazy and just leave a blank for a few until I’m completely finished. Makes it interesting when I go back to put the names in the correct spots.

  2. J.H. Moncrieff says :

    Congratulations! Are you soon to be an “empty nester” now? No worries about the writing–life happens, and I believe that often our work benefits from a break.

    As long as you’re thinking about it, it still counts.

  3. Liesbet @ Roaming About says :

    Congrats to the twins and the proud parents! Playing around with names for characters and titles is fun, I think. But, you are right that choosing appropriate ones is really important. I don’t have experience with names, writing non-fiction, but it think those would come easier than tittles. A lot of weight is put on the right book title. I love ones that are short, yet meaningful. And, I like double meanings as well.

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