Term 3 Reboot

There is nothing better than a day devoted to writing. Today is such a day. My son went back to school for term 3 after the winter break and without the distraction of a small inquisitive young man at my elbow every three seconds I’ve made good headway with a brand new story. It’s like a reboot to my system. That’s always the best sort of day imo.


Tomorrow should be more of the same: write new words and edit older unpublished story. It’s work, don’t get me wrong, but fun work. The best I’ve ever had. Its amazing how lost I can get when writing a story.

What isn’t so fun is discovering a character name overlap. I was peeking through my first novel Chills over the weekend and discovered I’d reused the name of a character that hadn’t had their story told yet. Given that I intended to write that story very soon, I headed back to my notes and names list from the regency period to find an alternative.

Not an easy problem to solve. As the unpublished manuscript is largely finished, I’ve become a little too invested in the character name to make the choice quickly. Dorcas, Octavia, Cassandra? Nope, none of them. Mabel, Agatha, Winifred. Oops, those last few names have been used too. Maybe tomorrow inspiration will strike. I certainly hope so.

Does it bother you if an author has used a character name more than once in her body of work? Can you tell one Jane apart from another Jane?  I think it’s confusing but that’s just me. I’d love your opinion on this.


4 thoughts on “Term 3 Reboot”

  1. Over use of a name can be tricky, i agree you should strive for a different name in a new book. Here is an idea try adding a letter to the name or spelling it differently that way its the same bur still different. Example my name Katrina try Katarina, or Jayne or Jane. Just and idea for you. Enjoy your work day!

  2. I have no problem with name reuse. I try not to do it, but one of my favourite authors has two minor characters (one only ever referred to, rather than appearing) in a long-running series, who have the same first name.

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