CHANGES – NO NOT AGAIN

Lost ConfidenceYes, you read the title right. How many times do we make changes in our daily lives? No, forget about the little things that drive us crazy, but major hurdles to climb or jump over. Deadlines are changed and never forward, always yesterday. If you are writing, you know the ones where the edits were due and you still have one more chapter to go through.

What about passwords?  I could write a book on passwords and their strengths, but who remembers all the letters, caps, numbers, the %%% and then the &&&, and then the oops, forgot to lock the number key. Yes, we all have to make certain our lives and our work is secure. Yet, there are days I feel like a machine that is half-broken and can’t remember where I was or where I need to start. Hey, maybe I finished and…

Yet, one thing I learned, there is so much more to be learned. Learning is one part of life that never stops and this also involves change or changes. Ya, gotta learn to roll with the ball and go around corners, curves, cut your own way, and yes have fun. I took a good look at the picture and decided PUG would be his name, gotta love that tie. You can’t tell if he is disgusted about wearing the tie, or just in one of those “so what moods.”

Moods are indicators of changes we hit along life’s highway. Angry does not get us to the next mile post. Impatience has a tendency to increase the anger, if we can’t get something like now. Do some of these things come to you through your characters? Here we are writing and need to give our protagonist or antagonist something to bring a surprise into our scene. Well, here is your chance to bring out all of your ideas on change and changes. Try them on your characters and see how they fit.

Before long, you will laugh at some of the things you are asking of your characters in trying to put them through so many loop holes. Yet, we do the same things to ourselves every day. Why be serious all the time. Laugh, Have Fun. Pretend. Give yourselves day off from all the changes. Then go back and you can change your characters’ personalities. Let them have fun too. Lighten the atmosphere. If they want to be eccentric, maybe that is just the point you need to make in this scene.

Changes will happen every day, several times a day, but you do not always have to make them. Changes are possibilities arising out of complications. Make sure you need to change, want to change, and give yourselves time to make changes, even give this time to your characters. Maybe the ARC is not happening for them or you. Don’t push the scene. Instead be like PUG, just stretch out and watch what happens, with or without the tie.

Happy Changes.  Happy Contemplations.  Happy Writing.

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HOW DO YOU NAME YOUR CHARACTERS

This will cover Friday and Saturday. Friday was a lost cause. Seconds turned into minutes, which turned into hours, which turned into another day, and you can figure out the rest. Reminds me of Jim Croce’s old song, TIME IN A BOTTLE. Then I could open up the bottle and pour out the amount of time I needed.

I’ve been thinking about characters and names all week. A non-writer friend asked me the question of naming my characters. I realized I had no set pattern. If I wrote historical or historical romance, a lot of research would be done to find names used in a specific period. This might be a starting point, but location and personality would also have to fit in.

Then, I wondered about Sci Fi or Paranormal. These are not my genres either. So, a Google search would begin, along with researching other books.

Every writer has their own formula or routine for giving their character(s) a name. I start out with the story. What is it about. How many characters will I create, including the heroine and hero. I start writing without names until I know each character inside and out. Their viewpoints, their quirks, their hair color and length, eyes, and if they have a habit of snapping back, or rolling with the punches. Some personalities designate the name for you. What if your character is serious, business oriented, and uptight, then you have to use a name to fit these traits. If your character is flamboyant, never takes anything or anyone serious, and insists on ‘knowing it all,” you may have to instigate another search.

Have any of your characters come right out and given you their name? No, I did not lose my mind. As writers, our characters become part of us, give us information they want the reader to see. If you write a series, then watch out. Characters can become demanding, intimidating, and jealous. Are some of your characters argumentative with the way you write them into your story or hate the name you attached to them? You will soon know.

But, what about YOU?  Do you have a process to name your characters? It would be great to get some of YOUR IDEAS and see about incorporating them into my blog. If you want to participate, please email me (pepatterson1@gmail.com) or send in your comments, and I will put your name with your ideas and share with the followers.

 

HAPPY NAMES. HAPPY WRITING.