>Renaming a major character

>I’m 17,500 words in, and suddenly realized that I hated one of my main character’s names. I mean, really hated it. Not that it was a bad name, I just didn’t like it for this character.

So, even though it’s being read as I type (I post the day’s progress in a locked journal post for a limited audience), I changed his name. And I like the one I chose.

I also did a nice jerking redirection of the scene’s action, because I was BORED.

This is one of the greatest things I have learned from NaNoWRiMo. When things aren’t working? CHANGE THEM. So what if it’s a complete 360 from the previous paragraph. You can fix it when the first draft is done.

So, my story just got a wrenching change. And I feel motivated all of a sudden.

NOw, I’ve got less than three hours before Heroes, so I’d better get writing.

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3 responses to “>Renaming a major character

  1. >The idea for my NaNoWriMo project didn’t end up being as great of an idea as I thought it would be. It’s one of those projects that will need a lot of work when this is over. Happy Writing

  2. >Did you hate the name so much that you couldn’t make yourself type it again? I had that with my MC, luckily it was during my short planning phase before NaNoWriMo.Antonia is now Brigid and it’s made all the difference!

  3. >Kerryn… that’s pretty much what happened. It just… sucked. I hated it so much I couldn’t imagine calling him that a single second more. I like the new name much better.

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