Forgive, Reader, for I have sinned. It's been three days since my last blog post, and I haven't been writing fiction.
Phew, that's it! I got it out of the system. Never mind my excuses… I had good reasons, of course.
But just as you should get up on the horse again as fast as possible, if it has kicked you off, I started this day (almost) immediately by writing fiction.
Well, by "almost", I mean that i did a bit of other things first, including answering two clients I do ghostwriting for.
But this is -- in short -- what I've accomplished today.
What's in a Name...
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
Shakespeare was right, of course. Juliet didn't love a Montague; she loved Romeo, the man (or boy, rather).
But then again… Have you ever noticed how people who look alike or behave in the same manner, often have the same names?
It has happened more than once that I've met a total stranger and thought: Oh, she looks like XX, and then it turned out that her name WAS, in fact, XX.
I can even give you a very strange example...
When we lived in France, we shopped in a supermarket down the street. The cashier there looked a lot like one of our Danish friends named Henrik.
Henrik is NOT a name that's used in France. The closest would be Henri.
And yet, one day I discovered that the name of this French employee was, indeed, Henrik.
So, coming up with names for characters could be important.
Ha, even when I create new characters for my World of Warcraft account, I spend at least an hour finding a good name.
This morning, I needed the last name for the hero, and it took me about 30 minutes to find it. I had some very specific criteria I wanted satisfied.
So now I have the name of the hero and the heroin. And the name for a third, important character, but I'm not really content with that. I'll find a better one, later.
This is Bad, Bad Writing
I got this old, familiar feeling back today, when I wrote my page.
Yeah, that stupid voice inside my head kept babbling about how bad I wrote, how boring it was, how lousy the storyline was, etc. etc.
I only listened with one ear.
Then I said: You might be right. This might be the worst book ever written. But I'll edit it, before I publish anything, so I don't care what you think!
Na! Take that, stupid!
Then the voice kept quiet...
Word Count Today
Not including the words I typed into search engines to come up with my hero's last name, I wrote 358 words of Chapter 2, Scene 1, plus I added some words here and there in what I've written earlier.
I should do much better, I know, but at least I haven't got a bad conscience now.