What’s in a name?

I’m focused on editing “Truth Unveiled” book 2 in the Daughter of Ravenswood series, really I am. But sometimes I need something else so I can take a little break.

I have my WIP, a brand-new story set in Victorian England and Australia. I’ve never tried to write historical fiction before; the research work is detailed and time-consuming, and quite different to editing so is a welcome distraction when I need one. By the way I’ve completely fallen in love with Pinterest. I’ve got hundreds of pictures to inspire me through the writing journey. You can check out my board here 😀

I can see scenes clearly in my head, hear snatches of dialogue. But I can’t start actually writing the first draft without a name! I googled for writing advice. Most of the sites I read agreed on some useful tips:

–use the heroine’s name in the title
–in 2 or 3 words describe the story
–describe the setting
–explain the quest
–hint at a theme

First exercise was finding my heroine’s name. Harriet was a popular name in the 1850s, and I found the surname Worthington in a passenger list from a ship that landed at Portland in south-west Victoria. Perfect! Harriet Worthington was born. 😀

Harriet will travel with her father to Australia, just after the big gold rushes. She will get caught up in spiritualism in an attempt to contact her fiancee, Edward who died at the end of the Crimean War. When she finds a stranger’s life at risk she has to break the Victorian conventions that restrict upper middle-class women to save a life. Of course she will meet a handsome stranger or two, but will one of them sweep her off her feet?

So. On to the title. Harriet Says Goodbye. The Long Farewell (darn it! Already used). Goodbye Edward. Hmmm not really working – more brainstorming is required!

Any suggestions will be gratefully received 😛

Kim Cleary, Author

Kim Cleary

Kim writes paranormal stories with a intrigue, suspense and a hint of romance. She loves all animals, especially her dogs; and thrives on coffee and chocolate while writing and researching.

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