Wednesday, June 3, 2020

IWSG: What's in a Name?


It's Insecure Writer's Support Group Day! If you'd like to join, go HERE

Thanks to our host, Alex Cavanaugh, and our awesome co-hosts for this posting of the IWSG, Pat Garcia, J.Q. Rose, and Natalie Aguirre!


Optional question:  Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?

My readers may not know how I came up with my protagonist's name, Indigo Eady. She was based on several concepts: 
  • My grandmother spent a lot of time raising my sister and I when we were growing up, so I wanted to honor her in my writing. That's why I gave my character my grandmother's maiden name, "Eady", along with her black hair and blue eyes.  
  • In my research for character names, I came across the concept of Indigo Children (also Crystal Children and Starseed Children) where it is thought that children born in recent years (since the 1970s) are arriving at a higher vibrational level. These individuals are highly intuitive and have exceptional qualities to include a strong desire to make a more fair and just world to live in. They stand up for what they believe and want to live a life of meaning. They exist to bring the world into a new state of consciousness. Because of their ideals, they won't back down, and so may find themselves toe to toe with the law.
This is how my Indigo Eady character was created. She speaks to ghosts and has strong psychic tendencies. She investigates murder on behalf of the ghosts she meets who need her help. Her methods may find her breaking and entering, but all in the name of justice. 

What secrets would your readers be surprised 
to find out about your writing?  


24 comments:

  1. So cool that you used your grandmother's maiden name as the name of your character. What a great way to remember her and keep her memory alive.

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  2. Really interesting. I'm sure your grandmother would love the name you gave your character.

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  3. I've never heard of Indigo Children. The concept would make an interesting science fiction story though.

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    1. It really would, Alex. Or even a dystopian story. Lots of directions to go with it.

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  4. Aha! I've always wondered about the name Indigo Eady. Now I know.
    The concept of the Crystal Children and Starseed Children is fantastic. In this crazy world we live in, more individuals with a strong sense of fairness and justice is sorely needed.

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    1. I agree, I love the concept too. God knows what he's doing!

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  5. I love the secret behind your character's name. And Indigo Eady is really a neat name.

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  6. Great secrets. Your character sounds like someone I'd enjoy reading. Happy IWSG!

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  7. I love your secret! Sadly, all anyone learns from my writing is that I'm a secret homicidal maniac! Well, at least I think it's still a secret. No one has dug up the backyard yet.

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  8. She sounds like a really interesting protag. I love that name. Unique. Flows. Well done!

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  9. I love everything about this - the story, the name, the reason, the concept - outstanding!

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    1. Wow, thanks so much! I think it's interesting. I go down a lot of holes in the name of research ;)

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  10. I like how you came up with the name! And I like the name. Way to go!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca. I don't think I've come up with any other character name quite that way. The rest I get from tv programs and I mix and match. LOL.

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  11. That is really cool! I've always found the subject of the Indigo Children highly interesting. We could use some consciousness raising around here, for sure.
    Anne from annehiga.com

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