It is funny, but the hardest part for me when it comes to writing a book is not coming up with a story, nor is it world or character development or the writing itself, it is coming up with names for my characters that I truly love, and a title for my books. Oh, and a series name. Hate that shit.
Anyways, I have written 20 000 words of my new alien romance novel without naming either of the characters. Where I need a name I insert something like this Name1 and Name2 so I can go back later and easily edit the names. Imagine how embarrassing it would be if I forgot that.
Name1 narrowed his strange, black eyes. A low, rumbling growl vibrated in his chest, making Name2 stumble backward, suddenly scared of the big alien that had come to be her only hope on this foreign planet.
For me, a story just comes to me and I have to start writing. If I stop to find names for the Hero and Heroine along the way it takes way too much time and drags me away from the story I have in my head.
Luckily I found it easier to name the characters in the first book I started. 90 000 words in, however, and I still have no clue what the title should be. It’s a 100% standalone novel that ends with a HEA, but since I will use the same universe for the setting of another book, it needs to have some sort of serial name as well as a title.
Why are names so impossible? And the cover, oh, the cover for an alien romance. I can’t even think about that. I know the image I have in my mind will be almost impossible to put to paper. Photoshop isn’t that good, and I refuse to have my aliens mutilated. I know a lot of readers prefer to make up their own mind about how everyone looks based on the descriptions in the book – me included – but that still leaves me with the problem of finding a good cover for this alien romance. Sigh.
Oh, well. Back to writing I go.