#ROW80 Check-in #6: Catch-up post

I didn’t get around to writing a post on Sunday, so I’m playing catch-up now. Last week, I managed to write about 2800ish words, if my Scrivener word count is to be believed, and I have no reason to doubt it. It does mean I forgot to log about 500 words on the spreadsheet I use for keeping track of my progress, but I’m not really too worried about that.

Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

I did have a bit of a crisis with one of my characters’ names. Her name is Caitlin, though she is mostly called Cait throughout the story. This is fine, except for the fact that she marries a prince at the end of the story. Add “Princess” to the shortened version of her name, and you end up with a name remarkably like that of another princess we all know…

I went through a few options for a new name for her, and trawled through baby naming websites for inspiration. It had to be either a name that could be shortened to a one-syllable nickname, like Cait, or a strong, finite-sounding two-syllable name. The character is independent and a bit outspoken, so I didn’t want a name that sounded childish or cutesy. Some that made the shortlist were Heidi, Joanna and Ava.

In the end, though, I decided that it doesn’t really matter. Readers may not even notice, and at this stage I’m not sure if the wedding will happen in the story, or whether it might end with the prince proposing. It might be something I ask beta readers about, though, and see if it occurred to any of them… otherwise, it’s probably much less of an issue than I thought.

As for this week, so far I’ve actually done nothing in the way of writing. I was doing Italian homework with my neighbour on Monday night, and yesterday we had our Italian class. Once I got home from that, I was quite tired because I’d been in a practical training session all day at work, so nothing happened there.

row80However, I do quite like the plans I had last week for writing three thousand words a week for all of February, and getting a total of 12000 words a month. It would make me feel very accomplished. With the exception of choir tomorrow night, I don’t have any plans for the rest of the week, so even though the first half of the week has slipped by, there is nothing stopping me from still making that goal. I have a Skype date with a friend in England at 9pm, but that’s still two hours away, which is plenty of time to get 1000 words down tonight. Plus it would be a shame to have an off-week when I’m on such a winning streak with both this WIP and this ROW80 round.

On that note, then, I think it is time that I was off and got stuck into the real writing. See you all on Sunday, when I will hopefully have some amazing results to report back! 😀

~ Emily

One thought on “#ROW80 Check-in #6: Catch-up post

  1. Hunter says:

    Yeah, I agree. I don’t think many readers will really overthink a Princess Cait or not. Here is Australia, my ten year old daughter goes to school with several Caitlins or Caitlyns – it’s a popular name in Aus. I imagine several of them hoped for themselves that a princess-ship was in their own futures, before Katherine got on the public scene.

    Great to see you are trucking along with your wordcount. I never believe Scrivaner, either. It’s always slightly different from other wordcounter apps.


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