Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Why am I doing this?

What kind of author finishes at least five edits/rewrites and then decides to change the villain--requiring yet another rewrite within the “finished” ms? Not sure what words best describe such a person, but they all apply to me!

Here’s your chance to weigh in on another change:  the male protagonist’s name. Here are some facts you should know about him:
·        an award-winning investigative reporter for Behind the Story Magazine, a reputable publication with worldwide circulation
·        34, never married, only one serious relationship which ended when he didn’t want to settle down and quit traveling for the magazine
·        grandson of British diplomat in Italy who retired there and died, but his wife (the character’s grandmother) lives there still and has been a big influence on her grandson’s life
·        British mother met his father while “on holiday” in the U.S., fell in love, and stayed on
·        father was a newspaper editor who enjoyed acting in community theatre productions--died with a stage light fell on him when the character was 11
·        mother never remarried, returned to school, earned teaching degree, now works part-time as a travel agent--they have a close relationship
·        good manners but not afraid to be aggressive in pursuit of a story
·        ethical--won’t write a story that would adversely affect an innocent person
·        not cynical but doesn’t blindly trust people either
·        loves his job but thinks about a home and family more as he gets older
·        from the North--a damnyankee as he refers to himself when working in the South



He started out as Tor Whittaker.
He became Dirk Benedict
Now he’s Kelly Whitney

Does he look like a
Tor
Dirk
Kelly
or someone else?

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1 comment:

Joyce B said...

I don't care for any of the names for this reporter. After reading about his family my mind goes to Cary Grant. I think I would call him CARY.