Okay, so I was sitting here trying to think of what to blog about today....but all I can think about is coming up with a name for the town my cozy mystery is set in. The book isn't even DUE until September, and I have two other middle grades to write first! Ugh.
Am I procrastinating...yes! I'm still working by plotting my second Samantha Granger book, but I haven't been writing. so that got me thinking...what makes you procrastinate? Fear of not meeting your editors expectations? Fear of not meeting your own? Or like me, having something else looming in your mind preventing you from doing anything else until you figure that sucker out!
So that got me thinking ... how do you come up with your settings and the names of your towns?
For that matter, help me figure out mine so I can move forward :-))
Usually something in a story jumps out at me and the town seems to come to me naturally. But sometimes I have to call my peeps and brainstorm. I know I want the story to take place in a small town in Upstate New York. But what do you do when you have a name you like, but your editor wants you to change it? My story revolves around a psychic who uses fortune telling tools to help her see her visions more clearly, so I called the town Mystic River, not even thinking about the real mystic river. I was just thinking about the word mystical because of her and the town Black River which is a real town, so I came up with Mystic River.
Now I'm stuck. Do I go with Charmed or Charmville or Freedom or Miracle or Divinity? I want something mystical but that hasn't been done to death or is a real NY town. Utopia, Paradise, Heaven , Hope? Or do I go with something that says danger instead of reflecting the mystical like Mischief or Cryptic or Vengeance or Retribution or Penance or Rumor?
Any ideas??? Desperate minds need to know :-)
Writing can be so frustrating! What gets you stuck? What do you do to get unstuck? And for God's sake, what name should I call my town!