Then Pati Nagel sent out this link:
It's a terrific article about the psychology of finishing a novel. Thanks, Pati!
Yesterday I went to Disneyland with a friend -- another television writer currently out of work. I thought I was taking a day off from writing. But then I made a purchase from a young woman whose name badge said: Chellsea Rae. I loved the name. We talked a few minutes about writing, how she loves reading twisted horror, and how I might use her name as a character name some day.
This morning I woke up and realized that Chellsea Rae was the name of the main character in my paranormal novel. Well, actually it was Victoria Winters -- in honor of Dark Shadows and the late Dan Curtis who I loved. But I had been struggling with Victoria's character and when I woke up, I knew who Chellsea was in the context of my book. I have such a strong sense of her. I feel like I can just sit down and write the entire book because of discovering her true name.
It's simply amazing to me how much of a difference a name can make to a piece. I have a problem coming up with names. I have a couple of name books that I look through. I really hate coming up with names.
I'm so happy I went to Disneyland yesterday. What a productive writing day for me!