I Don’t Know Her Name

Still thinking about names – not mine this time, but my character’s.

I have a new story. I know the main character. I know what she looks like, what she likes to do, her belief, her background. I know her assistant’s name, and how they met up. I know her dog’s name. But her name – no, it isn’t there. It just won’t appear.

Normally I’d pick a random name. But this is my major character. I’ll be writing the name a lot. It needs to feel right. It needs to feel like it suits. And it needs to be so utterly evocative of her that I never forget it. (I have been known to entirely rename a character half way through writing because I’ve forgotten the original name and just gone with what I think they’re called).

I hope it’ll pop up. With luck I’ll dream it (its happened before). But I feel strangely discombobulated. I’m already writing scenes for her but I have to leave a blank space for her name.

The House at Baker Street by Michelle Birkby

The Women Of Baker Street

Sent from my iPad

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