Monday, 6 August 2012
Writing - The Importance Of Names
It's funny - well, strange - that I can't start writing a screenplay, story, novel, ANYTHING unless I have the title there. I have an idea of the plot but it doesn't crystallise until the title is there. I can't even operate with a working title. It has to be THE title. That's what makes the whole thing come into existence for me - a reality, rather than an amorphous blob of random thoughts swimming around in the pond of my brain.
Then there's the naming of characters. I don't KNOW the name of a character until I see it somewhere. It might be on a website of baby names or practically anywhere, including a telephone directory. All I know is that when I see the name, THAT'S IT, and the character takes on a life of its own.
Today, that name was Curiosity - NASA's rover that just landed on Mars!
Yesterday, was the title of a novel: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (now, SHE could do with a different name!)
I wasn't forgetting the screenplay update. I have visitors. No chance at all to write.
Day 5 Update
Half a page and incipient panic