Wednesday, 6 June 2018

IWSG (June)


Thanks to Alex and this month's co-hosts  Beverly Stowe McClure, Tyrean Martinson, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor

IWSG Day Question: What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

Interesting question and one I don't really have an answer for! I have had names and book titles pop right up fully formed and I've had times when I've changed both during the course of writing the story. I do like names to have a connection to the story and I will research the meaning of different names. Sometimes the name generator sites are good for sparking ideas for names and places when writing about a fantasy setting. In my current ms my female protagonist's name came to me before I wrote a word of the story or had any real idea of any plot! In case anyone is interested, that name is Esme Starling. It's magical realism meets fantasy. Not sure if that is a particular genre!


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I've not been around the blogosphere much of late. I've been struggling to feel inspired to write long posts, choosing instead to focus all my creative energies on my ms. I'm deep into edits with it at the moment and it is taking shape which probably means much of my available writing time will be focused on that. Between the day job, volunteering and the general stuff of life finding time for everything can be challenging sometimes! 

I would love to have the ms polished and submission ready by the end of the summer. 

I check in on Twitter more regularly so feel free to catch me there.

In other non-writing news, I am helping my eldest daughter plan a wedding. It's for next June but amazing what needs to be booked and sorted well in advance.

We've been doing some decorating at home and updating the floor in our hall and kitchen. We are really pleased with it so far. And yes there is a hint of purple in there!



Thanks for stopping by, I will hop around over the next day or two and catch up with folks. 


36 comments:

  1. I had no trouble with book titles......only what went inside.
    Lovely to see you Suzanne.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Hi Yvonne, yes writing the book is much harder. Thanks for visiting today.

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  2. Esme Starling is an awesome name!!! Good luck with getting your ms in tiptop shape over the summer. I hope to get some writing done also, if life doesn't throw me a curve ball. And making wedding plans with your daughter is exciting, fun, and utterly frustrating at times. Enjoy!!!

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    1. Thanks, Cathrina. It's fun and expensive!! Good luck with your writing too.

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  3. You don't have to write long posts! Don't feel the pressure to write novels for the blog-o-sphere. LOL. If I had to, I'd never post anything. Mine is super short today. My new mystery features a girl with the last name Sterling. So similar to Starling. Great minds. End of summer is a great goal. Good luck!

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    1. Yes, great minds! Good luck with the writing, Jennifer.

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  4. Of course there's purple!
    Short posts are fine. Whatever you feel like saying.
    Keep working - maybe you'll have it ready by #IWSGPit in July.

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    1. You know what I'm like with the purple! Yes, I might well have a go at the twitter party next month.

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  5. Weddings are so stressful. I'm wishing you calm through the process.

    LOVE that name. I've had that happen too, where the name is the first thing that comes. Personally, I like shorter posts...and purple is kind of your thing, isn't it? ;)

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    1. Yes purple is for me, what cheese is for you!! Channelling all the calm thoughts, thanks Crystal.

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  6. Esme is such a pretty name. I've never met one in real life though. Good luck on the wedding plans. When I was at that stage, I was thankful I picked a husband-to-be who had been to so many weddings with his extended family that he knew much more about the process than I did.

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    1. Sounds like your husband was very helpful in the planning stages. Esme means beloved and I agree it's very pretty and a little unusual. Thanks for visiting, Tamara.

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  7. As long as you are writing somewhere, that is important. Home renos are the worst time consumers in the world.

    Teresa C.

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    1. I'm definitely writing so that is good. Renovations can suck the time and cash for sure!

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  8. I've never used a name generator, but I have used baby name sites.

    You have a lot going on. Enjoy the wedding plan. And the floors look nice!

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    1. Thanks Chrys. I've used the baby name sites too, they are good to look up meanings. Thanks for visiting today.

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  9. I'd say that polishing your ms. takes priority, but maybe some short regular blog posts would keep you out there in some kind of public arena. I've been trying to keep my posts short and simple in recent years. Sometimes I really have to restrain myself because I can think of so much to say in a blog post. Don't want to bore readers.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  10. Short and sweet is sometimes best. Thanks for visiting, Arlee.

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  11. I can totally relate to the challenges of juggling it all too. That's why I'm not on Twitter or Facebook more. Good luck with your manuscript and wedding plans.

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    1. Only so many hours in the day right?! Thanks for stopping by Natalie.

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  12. Getting the MS done should be the way. Blog here and there when you want at your bay.

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  13. You're the second person to mention a name generator. I must remember that. I've been off the grid for a while, too. I missed chatting with people, so I'm trying to get back on a bit. Glad I stopped in today. Good luck on that manuscript.

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    1. Hi Lee, thank you for dropping in today. The generators can be fun. Thinking of you.

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  14. In my Hogwarts fanfic story, I spent a lot of time choosing names that often had hidden alchemical meanings, since that's what Rowling did. Since I'm a chemist, that came pretty naturally for me.

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    1. I love names with hidden meaning! Thanks for dropping in, Ken.

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  15. Ha, yeah I've used those name generator sites too. Handy tools.

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  16. Ooh, love the name Esme Starling. So pretty!

    And hope your edits are going well! How exciting that this book could be ready for querying by the end of summer. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you, Heather. I'm working hard!

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  17. My writing is taking priority over my blog at the moment too - I think that's just the way it goes, you'll come back and be inspired here at some point.

    I have two baby name books and I love the lists of popular names by year you can find on the internet - it saves having a Britney in 1942!

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    1. Working with children and young people a lot, I see names come and go in popularity. Names are important to get right.

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  18. Happy to hear that you're deep in the editing phase of a project. Hope it goes well for you, and good on you for staying focused on the ms. Life can get distracting. Thanks for the post, and happy writing to you. :)

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  19. I'm sending encouragement, for I remember well what it's like when the WRITING always comes BETWEEN other commitments. May your editing continue to bring improvements.

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