|A rose...not actually by any other name|
I've been using a trick I learned a few years ago from reading an article by Sue Grafton. She said that she keeps a notebook, and before she writes every day, she writes down what she's going to write about (wow, that seems really complicated--I hope that made sense). I have done this in an actual notebook in the past, and I've done it a few different ways. The first try was writing a mini-essay about what that day's writing would involve, but that didn't quite work right for me. After that, I tried listing the next several scenes using a one sentence description for each scene. That was a little better, but sometimes I didn't know what all needed to be in a scene.
Now, I'm doing two things differently. First, I'm writing my list on the computer so I have it to look back on more easily while I'm writing. Second, I'm writing a brief description of my scene, but then I'm making a list of things I want to have happen in that scene. This seems to be working really well for me, so I'm going to keep with it as long as it's still useful.
Now, about those names...The love interest hasn't shown up yet in my story, but I know he's coming. I know he's out there with his lack of a name I really like that really seems to fit him. And it's nagging at me. Who is this guy? I know what he looks like. I know all about his really cool antique motorcycle that he restored himself. I know so much about him. Why won't he tell me his name? He's coming up scene after next! So far he's been Cody and Dylan with a brief stint as Brad (he's really not a Brad!). I am starting to think he's doing this on purpose, and he'd better knock it off, or I'm going to wreck his fancy motorcycle.
And with that, I'm going to go check in and say hi to a few of my fellow ROW80-ers, and then it's writing time for me.