by Shelt Garner
The point right now is to simply finish a solid first draft. As such, I need to allow myself to be delusional. When I get to the second draft, I can start to think rationally again, but for the time being I am allowing myself to wallow in willful delusion.
There are some issues — especially with names — that I don’t have any ready answers for. I know what I want to do, and, yet, I’m really paranoid about any possible IP issues. But it’s one of those things were it could go either way. You could make a strong argument for me to be in the clear, and yet, you could also make a reasonable argument that maybe not so much.
It’s very frustrating.
All I can say is nothing you do is going to be perfect. There’s always going to be a problem — or a perceived problem — with whatever you do, no matter how hard you try to avoid them. I can’t know everything, read everything and watch everything.
Though I will take solace in the fact that when it came to the key character name issue that might pop up, no one said anything about it when they read Part 1. That’s a good indication that I may, in fact, be a bit too paranoid about that issue.
So, as I said, I’m allowing myself to be delusional. I’m not going to worry about “real world” issues like IP or how derivative the story may seem and worry more about not having my heroine come across as a sexxy slutty assassin designed specifically for me to want to fuck. If anything, I see my heroine as something of a willful child.
One thing that is definitely hitting home in this first draft is how difficult it is for me to be dark and serious. It’s just not my personality. But I’m going to try harder in the second draft, I guess.