So… You’ve just written the first draft of a new novel. Kudos. You’ve slaved and sweated and cried and bled for those pages. You’ve spent hours divining the perfect word, splicing Greek terms together to make your own, editing, reediting, deleting, creating again. You’re excited, proud, and bloody exhausted.
But your work has just begun. Now begins the grueling stint of refining and finalizing. Before you begin pouring back over those pages though, stop and Google your title and any words you may have created. Names make a huge impact on the rest of the story, but you don’t want to get your manuscript to an editor’s desk only to have it rejected because you’ve used a copyrighted term. Now is the time to discover if you need to edit a character around a new name, not after you’re half way through revision. Google the title of your novel right now. Go on, I’ll wait… No, now click on page 2. … Uh-huh, now 3. Yes, and 4. Okay, that should be good, but feel free to look further. If you found anything similar or anything that made you go “Ugh!” then it’s time for more word splicing.