Usually, when I’m a bit stuck and writing has turned into the hardest thing in the world, I tend to come up with something entirely new to light that creative spark I need. The problem is keeping those new side projects simple – something you could finish in a day or two.
I did this recently because I needed something different, something to make me re-discover the fun in writing instead of focusing on deadlines or editing or any of those things. But now I have another idea for a series of novels in my head instead, which was the last thing I needed. I mean, I like this new idea a lot, I think it has a lot of potential, but I need to start finishing stuff.
No writing today, though, just an evening filled with reading. Which is the ultimate way to spend an evening, after all.
I’m currently deep inside the glorious bubble that is Eurovision, but will be returning to my writing once it’s over. I hope. I can’t go around being this lazy forever…
I’m working on a new project (sort of) and that means, of course, that I had the pleasure of naming a bunch of new characters. Which is one of my favourite things about writing – the kind of fun, easy plotting that doesn’t take that much time and allows you to experiment with name meanings, intertextual references, and so on. For my current project I wanted simple, common names, popular in Britain today, so there wasn’t much etymological research involved. Sometimes I try to come up with names that reveal something about the character, and it’s amazing when you finally find the perfect name for someone.
The best site for name research is, in my opinion, Behind the Name. All of those naming sites are quite obviously marketed at parents-to-be, rather than authors, but I’d guess we make up a significant amount of their visitors. We have babies too – because I can’t imagine I’m the only one who sees my stories and characters as something small and precious that I need to take great care of.
The babies in the picture have nothing to do with this post, of course, but they are too cute for this world and had to be there. Fact: all babies should wear little bunny ear hats like that.
I’m so excited to be able to give you a sneak peek of the first of a couple of illustrations a good friend of mine is currently working on for Wavesongs. We’ve discussed this project for a long time but now it’s finally happening, and she’s exceeding all my hopes and expectations. I mean, I always knew Nick was good-looking, but actually seeing just how good-looking he is… ❤
I can’t wait to show you the finished picture – it will be absolutely amazing.