edward edward bo bedward, banananana no nedward…
I’ve started a new manuscript.
I’ve got a premise and two chapters under my belt, but I still don’t have the main character’s name.
For me, this is a HUGE problem.
I don’t feel like I know my character until I have his name. I am adrift. Suspended. Confused. Gobsmacked.
He won’t have a face until I know his name.
I’ve combed through books. Traveled the internet. Meditated. Slept on it. Gotten WAY TOO MANY suggestions.
PLEASE. NO SUGGESTIONS.
Given a few names some trial runs at critique groups.
I got nothin’.
The main characters in my other novels happened pretty easily. When I came across them in my baby name book, they leapt off the page. I just knew, like when you find the right puppy at the pound, or the right used car. But this time–this time, I am stumped.
Maybe he doesn’t NEED a name. How about I try something avant-garde, like, refer to the main character as “the boy” and leave it at that?
COME ON! IT’LL WORK!
I guess it’s time to pull out the baby name book and start over. Aaron, Abraham…
Because I am NOT ending up with a name like Edward Cullen.