So it’s official: I’ve started to write a novel based on my first published short story “Europa Spring”. Making it official and actually telling people I’m writing a novel means I have to finish it, right? That’s the logic anyway. After all, if it never gets finished I’ll look like a right wally.
One issue that’s cropped up early is that of character names. The original story of “Europa Spring,” was written quite a few years ago when I knew less about writing than I do now. At that time I didn’t give much thought to character names. I just named my protagonists the first thing that popped into my head. No doubt I would’ve thought about it more if I’d imagined for a minute that the story would become the basis for an entire book but at the time it was just one short story which I didn’t even know would end up as my first sale. So now I’m thinking of changing the character names. Do you think anyone will notice? Shhh. Don’t tell everyone!
Anyway the hunt for new names is on. Gator has gone undercover with bait but I think I’ll use more conventional methods, Google and such. Even so, not an easy task!