marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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misnomer

I think my muse might have lost interest in a story because the hero is misnamed.


Quite possible.  Naming a character correctly gives him form and concreteness in my experience.  (Other writers find that giving a name too soon drags in baggage that defines the character without their realizing it.  I find it helpful.)

It does get kinda awkward when the story is otherwise ready, and I can even envision the character as a complete personality without the name

Other writers can use placeholder names.  I can use them in outlines, but for actual writing, I need to know -- or, as observed up top, my muse wanders off.

Time to start brainstorming a name, perhaps.

Tags: idea development, inspiration, names, persistance
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