Main Character Name Reveal (And Staying Positive)

Hello Writer Bugs!

It has been a rough week for me. Job hunting is difficult. Rejection is disheartening. I’m working on staying positive and strong, and learning how to keep my head above water in tough times. Shout out to my amazing boyfriend for keeping me afloat when I was drowning. I don’t know where I’d be without his unwavering love and support.

On the plus side, I think my main character for my WIP finally has a new name. For those of you who have been following my journey as a fiction writer, you’ll know that I’ve been wanting to change the name of my main character, after 5 years. Since this is a small milestone for me, and a brighter point in my week, I thought I’d share with you guys.

Drumroll please, writer bees! My detective’s new name is…

Graham Ward Barnaby or Private Detective G.W. Barnaby

This may not seem like a big deal to most of you, but to me, this is a well needed change. Personally, I put a lot of thought into character names. They have to look and sound like a given name found in the real world (in the right time period). Now, his name is still subject to change but for now, I think this name suits him well (both as a full name and as initials). I’m happy with the next chapter in my beloved character’s evolution. And who knows? You might see Detective Barnaby is another project of mine. Wink wink.

Thank you guys for always being so sweet and supportive of this little ol’ blog. It means more to me than words can express. You writer bugs keep me going, and keep me writing.

What do you think of his new name? Have you ever made a major change to your main character? Talk to me in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

4 thoughts on “Main Character Name Reveal (And Staying Positive)

  1. I really like the name. It is very fitting for a detective. The only potential issue is that with the initials G.W. it may give people flashbacks to President Bush, but that’s not really a positive or negative thing. I still think the name fits but it’s one thing to consider.

    I haven’t made a post-production change to my MC, but I have deviated from the outline that I had planned out. Several times. Like the time she fell to her death…kinda. That was a chapter I wrote merely as an exercise because I was in a really bad mood (real life issues) and decided to kill off a character. I figured I’d throw the chapter away after I wrote it, just to make it a therapy exercise, but it turned out so well that I kept it and it made great connections to the story in many places.

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    1. Thank you! Frankly, I thought of the G.W. Bush similarity too, but hopefully it’s not a hindrance if it ever gets published. And I’ve deviated from my outline a few times as well. It’s all part of the writing process, right? Things in the story evolve and change over time. Thank you for your awesome comment and good luck in your writing endeavors!


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