Writing is more than running with the muse. The muse is a showoff and runs easily while I clumsily try to maintain pace. What trips me up is naming characters. It can be an arduous task. To be less confusing, I try not to use a name more than once. Yes, I have slipped up with having a Mike and a Michael in the series and will admit to giving Whitney and Ted the same surname of Martin (oops).
In my defense, I have over 530 characters in the Haunted Series alone. So when a new character - even one that has the reading time of less than a minute – appears, I’m stopped. My fingers cease to fly over the keys. Maybe I should have said pound the keys. I’m hardly graceful. Sorry, digression is also a problem.
I feel I must take a few things into account before bestowing a name. Where do they live? What is their nationality? How old are they? And does their name mean something?Read More