???? The big question ????
In honour of my Take Me Now book trailer video winning 3rd place in the September video contest at 'You Gotta Read' last week, I'm running a little competition today- the prize being an e copy of Take Me Now.
All you have to do is post me an answer, and your email contact address, in the comments box below.
One lucky comment will win a copy of Take Me Now.
Imagine this scenario. You’re writing a WIP and you find that it makes much more sense for your main character to assume a new first name. Not a completely new identity just a change of first name. She just doesn’t want to be identified as coming from a particular place, not yet, and not till much later in the novel will that fact be revealed.
Your story starts off with the reader knowing the character’s name is Lorna, the beginning of the novel being in the POV of Lorna. A little into the storyline someone misinterprets the name and wrongly assumes she is called Lana. For reasons not needing to be divulged here, Lorna chooses to be known as Lana.
From that point in your story all the secondary characters call the character Lana when referring to her.
When subsequent scenes are written in the POV of Lorna should the author maintain the name Lorna for the rest of the novel, or at least till the denouement takes place…or does the author switch and call her Lana-with the assumption that the reader has already associated her with the new name?
…Lorna blocked out the old medical harridan. She would have preferred death to this crippledom. But, since she lived, she determined that she would become the name Nurse Sarah had just gifted her. From now on she would be Lana. The change of name would be good since she was not the whole person she used to be.
Her last thought before sleep claimed her was that God might have given her a better chance at heaven if it had been an eventing horse that had pinned her to the ground instead of the hi-tec fencing.
LORNA/LANA limped her way to the end of the room. She picked up the heaviest book from the shelf and placed it upon her head. Nothing was going to prevent her walking properly…and she would get that place on the team. Long locks lopped off to a short buzz, the new vibrant red shade applied and her eyes kohl rimmed completely transformed her. The weight loss over the last three months had helped that process as well, her cheeks now sunken and well defined. The soft LORNA/LANA was gone….
Here’s the question. Which name should be used after the asterisks? Should it change to Lana..for the bulk of the novel until the denouement? Or should the reader still see the name as Lorna when a section is written in her POV?
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I’m looking forward to your answers.