Okay, so I am still working on book two Corpse in the Crystal Ball, and I am writing, but I am still plotting as I go. Heck, I'm even naming characters as I go.
It got me thinking about today's blog: What's in a name?
I used to love naming my characters. I would dig out my old baby books and look up cool names. I would watch soap operas and mix and match names. I even take them from famous people with really cool names.
But after writing so many books, I'm finding it hard not to repeat names. Heck, I can't even remember sometimes....Gee, did I use that name in another book? Or is it just one of my kids parents names? Or did I read it somewhere?
So now I have to write the names down and even check my other stories. I'm thinking of starting a spreadsheet of names I used in each of my books so I can do a search when writing a new story. Also if I have a character of a certain nationality, then I'm looking up names that go with that nationality.
Eeek. It's insane.
It's hard enough to keep track of the town and setting details, names of roads I used, businesses, locations where I put them. Ugh. Now I have to worry about names.
So tell me...where do you come up with your names? How do you keep track of names you've already used? Do you reuse names just recycle first with a different last, etc?
Inquiring minds NEED to know!