The Charmer's New Writing Adventure

11/03/2015 The Charmer 4 Comments

I'm curious: If you could assign each one of the Austens a name (just a regular, ordinary English name), what would it be?

Actually, it's not just mere curiosity. I do have a purpose for my random inquiry.

You may have heard of National Novel Writing Month, more commonly known as NaNoWriMo. Basically, every November, a whole bunch of ambitious writers commit to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in a month. Sounds crazy, right? Crazy...but also fantastic! I think I first heard about NaNoWriMo 10 years ago and thought, Wow, I should give that a try! But at the time, I was an overscheduled high school student, busy with exams and piano lessons and running hurdles and whatever the heck I occupied my time with back then. Every year I thought about giving it a shot. Unfortunately, as time went on the Novembers only get busier. Soon those AP classes turned into college courses, and on top of that I had both a part-time job and a part-time dating life.

Long story short...10 years of potential novels never happened.

Until now.

I decided to suck it up and signed up for NaNoWriMo a few weeks ago. Crazy? Maybe. Exciting? Surprisingly so. I decided to go for it, and the one novel idea (hahaha...did you catch my pun) that has attached itself to my brain is the story of the Anti-Austen blog. Mind you, what I'm working on is a fictional account, which means in the end the characters and their storylines may have little resemblance to real life. But...really,who knows. Right now, this novel is still lying around in fragmented chunks and ideas.

Before this novel can take on a life of its own, however, my characters need names. Something besides "Charmer" and "Lady", which is really the only way I can think of them in my head.

So, tell me...when you think of each of the Anti-Austens, what do you imagine their real names might be?

-The Charmer

PS- I'd also love to know which of the Austen's "storylines" have been your favorite. Was there a particular boy you adored? A boy you loved to hate? Maybe they'll make it into the final product. ;)

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Anonymous said...

The Romantic--Abby or Jane
The Bluestocking--Maggie or Molly
The Lady--Catherine
The Charmer--Lucy

The Bluestocking story with Henry and Lucy Steele was very intriguing to me.

The Charmer said...

Perfect! Love the ideas, keep 'em coming. I'm at 13,000 words.

Anonymous said...

I have always been a fan of all the men in Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Persuasion. Nobody beats Edward Ferrars and Colonel Brandon. And I loooove Willoughby. Of course he is an idiot and the type of man I would end up falling for and hurt by, but man he's smooth and gorgeous. Seemingly what every girl would want, but in the long run isn't necessarily what we ultimately need. Darcy...everyone loves him. And Captain Wentworth?! *sigh* Now that I have a chance to think about it I am definitely an Anne Elliot. I wish I had great ideas of what your real names might be, but I'm horrible at that type of thing. Good luck with the novel!