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I don’t have much to update you guys on in the way of my personal life this week, so here’s a writing update instead.
I’m about 30% into the revised draft of my WIP. Working my way through Act 2 (for those familiar with story structure, this is the “fun and games” section of the story) and just enjoying all the shenanigans my characters are getting up to.
I have booked a cover designer for March, which is kind of scary considering I haven't even fully committed to a title yet. Eek.
And speaking of not being fully committed, I’m having a problem with naming one of my characters. I love the name Amelia Cross (Milly for short) for my FMC. For my MMC, I currently have Neil Kingston.
How do we feel about the name “Neil” for a male love interest? I like traditional names, and I have personally had two crushes on guys called Neil in the past (I swear this book is not based on either of them! 👀). However, I have not seen this name come up in any romance books lately (or ever?). Is Neil an unsexy name? Please, enlighten me.
I know the trend these days is uncommon or made-up names (Ryle, anyone? 🤮) , but I’m just more of a traditional names kind of gal.
In saying that, I’m also considering the name Niles. Niles Kingston. It has a “posh old man” vibe to it, which does work quite well for my guy. What do we think? Neil, Niles, or something completely different?
For context, this character is a 40 y/o grumpy, rich, British CEO.
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