Wednesday, 10 February 2016
The Name isn't the Same
I'm currently very busy writing the new series of QI (Series N) which we're due to start shooting in early May. This entails me pulling together the content for two complete shows plus (as all Elves do) contributing facts and content to all 16 shows. Consequently, I don't have much time for the novel at the moment. Frustrating!
However, as I explained in my last shedpost, when I get to the third draft there are going to be some major changes and all of my spare time at the mo is being spent thinking about them and making notes. One of those big changes I'm agonising over is character names.
Back in December I wrote a post about the importance of choosing the right names for your characters (here's the post). Well, one thing that's become quite apparent during the first and second draft phase is a degree of confusion in the readers regarding separating my fictional characters and the fictional characters created by my fictional crime fiction author! It's led to me taking the decision to rename Agnes Crabbe's fictional detective for starters. So, rather than calling her Magnolia Chetwynd (which is too similar to some of the major characters in the book), she's now Millicent Cutter. It's a name far more in keeping with her character as she's developed. Plus, it means that the many cosplayers - who turn up for the murder mystery festival that provides the background to the novel - can be collectively known as 'Cutters', which, in context, works much better than 'Chetwynds'. Having also had two people pledge at the 'name a character in the book' level, I also have to accommodate them and I'm determined that they won't simply be names in the background like extras on a movie set; if you've paid the money, your character will have a decent part to play, I promise.
Writing a novel is an education; having written quite a few, I learn something new every time. And I've got better with every lesson. If I can pass some of what I've learned on to you guys, all the better. One of the joys of crowdfunding a book this way is the transparency. Pledgers - I prefer to call you Patrons of the Arts - get to see the entire history of the book and have a direct connection to the author. I love chatting to the authors of other Unbound books via their sheds. And I love chatting to you lovely people who have put your faith, and money, in me.
I should probably re-write that last sentence as it sounds kinky and weird.
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