Tuesday, January 14, 2014

And Ever Onwards

I am finally revving into writing my next manuscript.  If you were wondering how I do things, here is my macro:

Write a manuscript.
Leave it alone.
Begin editing previous manuscript.
Edit till your eyes bleed or you have done a minimum of five passes. (I'll elucidate that in another post.)
Format. Format. Fret. Fret. Organize. Publish.
Repeat from step 1.

So, the actual straight writing of a story takes up only a fraction of the time spent creating a book. For me, anyways. That is sad because the fluid, frantic, buried-head days of writing a story till it's messily done is my favorite part. On top of that, that macro up there does not include the 1a step which is, name your character or stare at that computer till drool and unwashed hair seep in, because I have this horrid inability to continue writing without a proper character name.

Which is where you come in.

You see, I'm at step 1 again. I have a manuscript waiting to be edited and a story bursting in my brain to get out. Truthfully, I have several but this one called shotgun. My current protagonist has suffered through three names so far and I'm still unsatisfied. She can't be real without a name.

And that means, I currently look something like this:


So, I've come up with a plan. The collective you are going to be my Penny Escher.


I'd like you to name the protagonist for me. I've made a survey of my top four names. You'll find it in my sidebar over there to your right. Pick one and save me so I can get the flow going again. The survey will be open until noon on January 31st. I will announce the winner shortly after. This won't do properly if only four people use the survey. I won't bore you by being self-deprecating about my number of visitors. Instead I simply want to ask you to forward this to as many people as you can so that we can get a nice boatload of votes in. I'd tell you it's your civic duty, but I doubt I have enough authority to enforce that.

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