Well after two weeks of killing myself trying to come up with a new name for my hero and then my heroine and then realizing that wouldn't work and not liking any of the changes and mentally still calling them Lucy and Dash anyway I realized one thing -- these characters do not want their names changed. And more than that, I do not want to change them.
This is who they are to me. And the more I tried to change their names, the more it began to alter their personalities and the more distant I felt from them. The more the story got away from me. I was spending more time trying to find the right name, when in my head I already had it, then I was writing the story.
So yesterday morning after another go at trying to find names that fit I made an executive decision. I'm not changing their names. At least not until someone has a cheque in their hand and a contract with my name written all over it. Then they can call my hero whatever they want. Until then, he retains his original name--Dash. It suits him. It fits. It's staying.
I wrote five new pages this morning.
I feel better now.