Not words. Sheesh. Get your mind out of the gutter. No, I mean names. I discovered something about myself this year. Every time I go to name someone, when I get to their last name, I instinctively type, “F.”
No, really. I do. It goes something like this.
From a battered purse that had seen better decades, Margot F–
And then I pause. I go back and start thinking of my other characters in the book. Nine times out of ten, I have either
- Already given someone a last name with an F or,
- Started to and stopped because I realized that it’s my first line of characterization attack!
I feel like I’m sitting at the table at Sir John Middleton’s house and they’re all talking about “Mr. F.” “Foster, Fortescue, Fondant!”
I wonder why this is. After all, I never did name any of my children anything starting with “F.” I loved Fiona, but honestly? Chautona and Fiona in one house? Nightmare. Challice and Kaylene was bad enough. No, really. I would call one, and both would come running.
So what quirks do you have in your writing? Do you always put a sneeze in somewhere, or are movies a big part of your characters’ lives?
I am fascinated by these things. Oh, look. Another “F” word. Just tell the world that Chautona is obsessed with “F” words. 😉