Or, in this case, character names. As mentioned in my previous post, I’d been using a couple in my latest work-in-progress that were a tad silly. The characters are brother and sister, and I’d called the guy Morgan, and the woman main character Melinda, shortened to Mindy, which she herself preferred/used. The only trouble is, Morgan and Mindy sound a whole heap too much like the old seventies sit-com Mork and Mindy, and when I mentioned it at the event on Friday night, everybody laughed. Which isn’t necessarily the effect I’m after.
After much head-scratching and sucking of pens, I was having problems coming up with anything I like better. And then inspiration struck. I’ve kept Morgan as Morgan. But Mindy has now transformed back to Melinda. Only her mother calls her Mindy, and I’ve made a deliberate reference to how much Melinda herself hates that, not least because it makes her and her brother sound like a couple of tv characters.
Hopefully, problem solved, without too much in the way of hard work or outright slaughter. Phew!