To my defense, I started writing again and that has to take first priority. I get so easily distracted. As an update, I've written a little over 6,000 words in the sequel to The Guardians of the Hidden Scepter. Yeah, I'm nowhere yet, but it's a start.
Before I start with this post, I want to point out a few updates to my blog. #1 There are now events (current events) posted in the events tab. Check em out. Come see me, if you'd like. I'm super way nervous about one of them because I don't know what the heck to talk about. #2 I finally posted a writing tip in the Writing Tip tab. Before you read it, please understand I'm not a teacher. I never went to school to be a writer, I don't claim to truly understand the schematics of writing a novel, and I'm actually a little embarrassed to write anything in that tab. But I wanted to share a tip or two of how I write. If it helps you... great! If it just ticks you off and makes you think you hate that Frank Cole guy, and who does he think he is for trying to tell me how to write my story, and why doesn't he mind his own bidness. If any of those thoughts are already embedding themselves in your subconscious, please don't read it. Just ignore. Instead of clicking on the tab, go buy yourself a "Tab" soda and enjoy. Tab soda? Is that not a blast from the past? I once had to drive all over town in search of a box of Tab for some high-to-do, stuffy, vice president who only drank Tab. Can you say spitter? Do you know what that means?
Now that that's out of the way. Names. Yep, I want to talk about names. Coming up with names is hard. Especially in writing, but not limited to that. Naming a kid is hard, right? I mean this will be how they are forever known throughout history. My name is Frank Cole. Immediately, people conjure up an image of an old man who fancies sticking his dentures in upside down and smells of cantaloupe. Right? Come on, you know you think that when you hear Frank Cole. And if you didn't... you do now. But I kinda like my name. My dad's name is Frank and he's cool. My grandpa's name was Frank and he didn't have dentures. He did smell a little of a cantaloupe, but it was a nice smell. Plus, if you say my name really fast it becomes one word. FRANKLE. I'd like to think I have the right to come up with the definition of Frankle. Something awesome. A Frankle is... a Swedish sports car, or a laser-guided switchblade. Or it could be like, if one's feeling very Frankle they feel unstoppable and capable of taking flight.
Chances are though, a Frankle is something lame. Like a heart-attack inducing cheese sandwich, or a 3-story building with no door on the ground level, or a cardboard box used to dispose of trash when the garbage can is full.
"The garbage is full. Where do you want me to throw this dirty diaper?"
"Eh, throw it in the Frankle."
Why is this my post? Because, when you write a story, you need a name. Think about it. The name of the main character is one of the most important elements of a story. It's what you remember first. What if JK called her story, Frank Cole and the Sorcerer's Stone. Gasp. How awful? No one would read that! And what's a cheese sandwich have to do with magic anyways? See. Now, Harry Potter has a nice ring to it. That's the beauty of that name. Harry (normal) Potter (normal). Together. Brilliance.
I recently wrote another story and I named the main character Calvin. Is that dumb? Calvin. I wanted a unique name. Something not seen in the everyday ongoings. But Calvin? Where do you draw the line in between unique names and something that's not obnoxious? I once new someone who knew someone who named their kid Christopher with a silent 3 in the name. Christo3pher. Christothreepher. No, the 3 is silent. Christo3pher, but just don't say the 3. Why did they do this? I assure you I don't know. See that's obnoxious to me. Readers I think would see that as obnoxious too. Oh, this is exhausting.
These are some of the names I've come up with over the years that I'm proud of:
Hashbrown Winters (yeah, that one's my best so far)
Yankee Molicka (not a big role, but a classic I think.)
Then, I came up with these
I struggle sometimes. Especially when you look at the world of literature and see the creative names authors have come up with:
I need a new name. Something awesome. Calvin Simmons isn't it. This is a teen-horror-type book. Calvin doesn't sound like a teen-horror-type book main character does it? I don't know. I'm stumped. I need inspiration. I need something. I need a tab! Mmmm and a soppy, cheesy, Frankle.
Posted by Frank Cole at 10:26 AM