I ran smack into a wall today. One that I never have before.
I don’t know what to call my character.
Naming has never been a problem for me. Titling, sure, but that’s an editing thing. Most times I stick a random phrase out of the work on the Word document and call it a day. Sometime towards the end a good title will come to me. Or heck, maybe the thing I pulled out at the beginning ends up getting edited out of the work and now the title’s perfect. But naming characters? Usually I get that within the first few pages.
In this story, though, I gave my character her name very early on (Leslie–this novel began a very, very long time ago as an almost completely different type of book). But its a superhero novel, and so she has two names. And since its also an origin story, I didn’t have to deal with the issue of The Official Superhero Title until, let’s see…113 pages in.
Now I do have to pick out a superhero name for her. I’ve tried. I have. But I read a lot of comics, people, and the sad fact is that Marvel and DC have already taken most of the good (and a hefty chunk of the bad) superhero names. Especially since she’s not an alien. It’s waaayyy easier to name an alien. All you have to do is stick “Girl” or “Lass” onto the end of whatever species they are.
The point of this rambling is that I need suggestions. Maybe I’m too deep into this project, or maybe superhero names just suck, but I ain’t getting anywhere on my own. So here’s a short little bio, and if you’ve got any suggestions I NEED THEM WORSE THAN CAFFEINE.
Name: Leslie North
Age: 16 or 17-ish
Powers: Telekinesis, which includes flight and very limited personal forcefields. She can’t use her powers on any sort of liquid or gas (she’s hampered by the number of particles. Same reason she can only manipulate a limited number of things at a time–so each water molecule, for example, is one thing. It stretches her concentration too far to do more than 5). These powers have a physical toll. If she overreaches its like exercise exhaustion–extreme migraines, dehydration, muscle pain. It also jacks up her metabolism, burning insane amounts of energy.
Costume: Navy, dark blue, black, and silver. Sort of a military aesthetic, but only because that’s what was in her closet. Superheroics on a budget.
Bio: She’s pretty smart (though not much more than average), but more awkward (partly from hiding the whole “secret abilities” thing, but also naturally). She wants to go to culinary school, and not for pastries. Mostly she’s kind of stuck in neutral for high school, though she did just get a (equally nerdy) boyfriend (maybe. There’s still some question as to whether they’re on the same page, relationship-wise). The only reason she’s in the superheroics business is because she inadvertently got found out by the volleyball team’s second-in-command, who decided this would be a great chance to practice PR skills.
Suggestions for a superhero name? Pretty, pretty please?