Ah yes, progress on the work in progress is… progressing. I’m so close to the halfway mark I can taste it. And it tastes like cookies. Warm, fresh-from-the oven chocolate chip, macadamia nut, double fudge cookies.

What was I talking about? Writing? Really? Ok.

Things are going well with the novel – I’m getting a few hundred words in at lunch almost every day. 2-500 words a day isn’t ideal, but it’s progress, right? I’m getting a couple thousand in over the weekends, so that helps.

Here’s how it looks in handy bar form. Tasty, yummy nougat-centered bars of chocolate and caramel. Anybody else hungry? Never blog on an empty stomach.

38215 / 85000 words. 45% done!

My biggest revelation over the last week was all about names. Naming characters, naming places. There are a number of secondary characters and locations that have had placeholder, meaningless names since the beginning of the book and I find they’re getting shoved to the back and becoming generic. The column I’m writing for the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers this month is all about my name dilemma.

I managed to name one of those characters over the course of the last week or so and she’s already becoming more alive and real. She has a bit of a backstory and more personality now that she’s no longer known just as Miss RRR.

Anybody else having a name problem? If not, how do you name your characters?