My Current WIP – Update 1

Cycles of War - My Current WIP - Lauren Mayhew AuthorNow that I’m no longer directing a play for my theatre group (which went really well), or writing blogs for the A-Z Challenge, I actually have a spare minute or two to go over Cycles of War (Working Title), my current WIP. You can catch up on all of my A-Z blogs here. If you haven’t read about Cycles of War yet, go here and here to see why it’s taking me so long to do anything and what I was up to last time I stopped procrastinating.

So, since my last post, I have managed to change the names of all the ships and I’ve even attempted to make them relevant to the country that the ships originated from. I don’t want to specify which countries are involved though. With this book it’s way too easy to offend people, so I’m avoiding being too specific, but a few vague hints are good enough. I’d love to know people’s thoughts when I finally finish it. I’ve also managed to change the majority of the names of the characters too, which I’m very happy about. I needed to get that done before I carried on with anything else.

However, as I was reading through some of it this morning, I found two characters that I didn’t even have on my list. I’m not sure how I managed to forget about them. There is a chance that, as I was writing for NaNoWriMo, I literally did forget about the characters towards the end of the challenge. I suppose as I edit from now on, I need to figure out if they are relevant enough to the story. I’ll make them relevant.

I’m very picky when choosing names. I like my names to have a meaning that describes the character’s personality. This is why it takes me so long to change them. I wrote a blog about it here a long, long time ago. However, this does make the job extremely difficult especially when none of the names jump out at me. I have to like it. I can’t have a character with a name that I don’t like.

I’m forever grateful for the Find and Replace tool. Without that, my life would have been extremely difficult. There are over 20 characters that needed their names to be changed and 9 ships too. If I’d have done that manually, it would have taken me months, and I know I’d have missed a few. Though saying that, the Find and Replace tool has missed a few too. That’s next on my list for today. You know, once I’ve finished writing blogs about it and actually do something.

Anyway, I spent a good few hours yesterday sorting out the commas in the whole document. Specifically: comma and. That makes sense, right? For some reason, I’ve put commas before pretty much every ‘and’. It doesn’t work most of the time and breaks up sentences when they don’t need to be broken up. I’m still not sure if I’ve done it completely right, but that’s what editors are for.

Going back to the names, I’m struggling with the name of my villain. It needs to be a real name, not something made up. It also needs to mean something dark, rotten, evil – you get the theme. Do you have any suggestions?

I also need a name for a secondary villain. He’s the one that follows the order but takes great pleasure in causing other people pain. He’s currently called Larry, and it just doesn’t work, as it means Laurel. Not such a scary name, is it? Suggestions for this character would be appreciated too! Surnames too, if you can!

This blog ended up being a lot longer than I anticipated. I really did have a lot to update you on. Hopefully next time I’ve made more progress.

Until the next time,
Lauren x

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