Sunday, August 19, 2007
So, two weeks to go and only now am I writing the details of the title scene of Phantasmagoria. Not a great place to be, I suspect. But hey, it's just tweaking, right! The scene was hazy before, now with a little help from Mr Madelynne, the details are bringing it to life.
Actually, I think I love this scene now. It so deliciously gothic.
Meanwhile, I've been thinking about names today. Character names, that is, and where they come from. I know some people surf the web, or trawl baby name books, and phone books, and even stick pins in maps, and I've done all these things too, but I can't name my main characters by this method. My main characters always seem to arrive with their names attached.
Sometimes I'll get a name in my head, that just pops up again and again for weeks until suddenly a whole character appears. Not that I let them totally dictate. Odd or unsuitable names can create the wrong impression, or reader expectations. In those cases, its a simple case of find and replace on the finished manuscript. Zap! Instant conformity. Depressing, eh?
How does everyone else name their characters?
Recently watched: Coupling, Season 2
Currently listening to: 666 by HYDE
Currently reading: Phantasmagoria edits.