BOOK TITLES. CHAPTER HEADINGS. FIRST NAMES. LAST NAMES. ALIASES. UNIQUE TERMS FOR MYTHICAL BEINGS.
What makes a name so crucial? What makes coming up with names so freaking difficult? What makes changing a name so painful?!
Let’s try this exercise—it’ll only take a second, I promise.
Think about a name. It can be of a family member, a friend, a professor, or a memorable character. What thoughts or emotions come up for you?
One word. Yet millions of people recognize the name. It evokes emotions of love, fear, pain, torment…and sparkly vampires.
Immediately, I’m flooded with pictures of castles, wizards, monsters, as well as concepts of adventure, friendship, betrayal, hardship, and sadness.
Now, pretend the family member, friend, professor, or memorable character has a different name. Go on. Pick something. Do you have the same feeling?
No? That’s my point.
Lemme ‘splain. I’ve completed my most recent WIP, SHARP’S BLOOD, and am getting geared up to query the hell out of it. But there’s a problem. A couple problems, actually. You see, when I first drafted Justin’s story, I tried to develop a unique term for vampire. The market’s flooded with the fanged immortals after all and I wanted my story to have half a chance out there in agentland. I also needed a last name for Justin and a different title. Sharp is okay, but it is overused. PLUS, that wonky name for vampires is…urm, Sharpie. So. Yeah.
*growls with frustration*
I have wracked my brain for options. I got nadda, zip, zilch, nuthin’. Why? Because my concrete brain can’t give up the original.
So, have any of you confronted the same problem? What was your solution?