I am actually writing today – first time in a week. It feels good to let the worries of the week slide away as I bury myself in my story. I doubt I can make up the 11,200 words I’m behind in NaNo, but I’m going to keep plugging away anyway.
As I’m writing, a conversation I had with my mother keeps replaying in my memory.
My mother is a big big big reader – she’s the one who taught me to read at the age of three, encouraged my lifelong love of reading. Like me she has to keep a list of books she’s read – and I would be willing to wager that she reads well over 100 books a year, probably closer to 200. She’s in a book club with my old teachers and a former principal where they discuss and analyze what they’ve been reading. (My mother worked at my old elementary school as the school secretary. Hard to get away with anything when your principal’s your neighbour, and your teacher is your mother’s best friend.) It’s been very interesting to listen to what they look for, what they like and what they don’t like. One of the things she said recently is that she doesn’t like when an author uses the character’s proper name more than a half dozen times on a page.
At the time I thought – yeah, okay, that’s repetitive, I can sort of see that. Except now I’m wondering …if you’re writing a scene where there are multiple characters how the heck do you avoid naming them?