Fret For Your Prozac

My town needs a name.

All the while I’ve been writing this book I’ve never given the town itself anything like a name. It remains in my head something of a combination of my home town of Gretna and Pittenweem in Fife. These two places are separated by 150 miles or so in actual geographical terms but I’m taking the tourism and hotel bars of Gretna and mixing it with the harbour and seafront of Pittenweem. Whilst it works quite well as a slice of Scotland it seems odd that it doesn’t really have a sense of place yet due to lacking anything of a name.

I’ve been experimenting by coming up with a Scottish sounding place name and then Googling it to make sure it doesn’t exist. I haven’t found one so far.

I’m also thinking that the place name may also be the title of the book itself.

2 thoughts on “Fret For Your Prozac

  1. Coming up with original place names is one of the worst things about writing for me. Generally avoid. I become far too obsessed over it and it’s only one word! Good luck with creating one that’s good enough to be the title too! Nightmare.

    1. I’m currently mashing old Scots words together and seeing if that makes sense.

      For example a ‘Rigg’ was a stretch of farm land so a few villages around here feature that in the name.

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