It’s not easy, committing something to paper and sticking with it no matter the circumstances that compel you to change. It’s easier to bow to convention and follow the traditional routes. Overall, that’s the safest way to write the words that will last beyond my lifetime.
I recently had reason to consider the trouble I created for myself when I first made my decision. It had always been in my mind that the name for Jeremy’s Dad would be William. When I created the Doppelganger of his Dad, I used the name “Will”. The name suggested the closeness of the character to Jeremy’s real Dad. I had no idea the problems the name would cause me.
Based on the grammar checking software within Word, the name “Will” is confused with the word “will”. Despite the capitalization and addition to the “user dictionary”, the software continuously kicked out any sentence with the word because it was treated as “will” and not “Will”. Considering the second book is mostly about Jeremy’s travels with Will, it was a horror of unnecessary “corrections”.
Of course, I could have shut off the grammar checker or set the rule to “ignore”, but the tale of what happened when I did that with Book One is an expensive and sorry one. No, going forward, all grammar check settings are “on”.
Another option was to change the character’s name; perhaps Bill or something totally different. That would have moved me farther from the connection I was trying to build between Will and William. Also, I didn’t want the name to be so familiar there did not appear to be a father-son dynamic. Will was the name that fit best. But it sure is a pain each time I run a new edit on the books (only a few references in Book Three).
In the end, I feel I made the right decision and I’m glad I refused to change my Will.