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So what’s going on with me this month?
Well, I was able to finish my new short “The Anniversary Present,” which I mentioned in last IWSG post, at 4,691 words.
But I have a problem. I’m at a loss in coming up with names for the characters and whom to base them on. At first, the second MMC was named Jason. I asked my cousin for suggestions and of all the names only Jackson was a possibility. Which then led me to think about changing the name Jason to Jax. And my female lead and first MMC is still nameless. At least I have a character image to base the FMC on, Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
The MMCs have complementary personalities. The first MMC is sauve, compassionate and a ready smile. The second MMC is his opposite, rough, wild and adventurous. Both friends are each other’s other half. So far I’ve been thinking about possibly basing the first MMC on Nick Sagar from The Princess Switch. And basing the second MMC on Winston Duke, M’baku from Black Panther.
Do you have any name suggestions? Other male character image suggestions?
On another note, I was walking through the train station yesterday morning on my way to work. When I saw a WeWork ad of an older ~50+ male model. Then a nugget of a May-December romance story idea came to me.
A few short hours later I’d already plotted the whole story. Now I have another story where I have to figure out my character’s names. And who to base them on. I’ve found a possible image for the male hero. But like my heroine, who’s still imageless, they both remain nameless. At least I’ve filed it away to come back and tackle writing it later. Any recommendations?
And, it’s finally October. Those of you who taking part in NaNoWriMo know what that means. There’s four weeks left to prep before NaNoWriMo 2019 begins. And this year I’m taking a second stab at last year’s postwar fantasy NaNonovel Hellsgate.
Last year’s NaNo was appalling. I was only able to write 2,461 words. So this year is my round two. And to prepare for my success, I’m going to do several things that I failed to do last year. Start drafting my novel from the middle. Listen to my Hellsgate playlist I created on YouTube while I do it. Write character interviews. Flush out my outline and plots. And prep, prep, prep, prep, prep, prep, prep.
And if you’ve forgotten, here’s the theme song for Hellsgate.
Do you have trouble coming up with character names? Are you prepping for NaNoWriMo? Do you have a new story, returning to an old one, etc? Do you like the NaNo site?
PS NaNoWriMo has revamped its site and I lost all my buddies. If you want to buddy up, here’s where you can find me https://nanowrimo.org/participants/lidywilks.