Hello all! So I've recently come up with a new novel idea. Turns out, I'm great at coming up with new ideas but horrible at executing them! lol Anyway. Normally, I do way too much research and not enough writing. So naming my characters is usually really easy because I have their entire past, present and future planned out. This time around, I'm determined to just write my first draft and not waste so much time researching and planning. So all I have on my current character is her past and partial future. So! I'm having a hard time naming her. It's a YA fantasy novel, as are all the stories I write, about a 18- or 19-year-old girl. Her parents were awful to her -- so awful, I'm debating whether or not to throw in a flashback where they tried to kill her when she was younger. So MC steals money from her parents, packs up, and runs away to Florida or California or somewhere beachy. She finds a slightly run-down apartment complex that is full of young men and women (21-25 mostly) who have also had a rough go at life. Their mutual struggles bond them together and make their relationships unbreakable. Being hardened by life, though, she still has this "whatever" attitude. When her friends go to parties, she seldom joins them. When a man shows interest in her, she completely shuts him down. She never leaves the complex except to work and likes it that way. The rent is also cheap and by the month, so she can pick up and leave whenever she needs to. Somewhere along her journey, she acquires a fake ID. The ID makes her 22-years-old with a completely different name. She uses her fake ID to land a job at a beach-side bar as a waitress, and it's there that she is found after both her parents die in an accident. It's this point that I start the story. So! I need a name for her. I care very little for her birth name, as that isn't the name she's going to go by. I figured I'd make it something childish and girly, like Katherine or Cynthia. lol It's her chosen name that I care more about. I don't want it to be too manly (i.e. Jaq or Billie) but it definitely needs some edge to it. I don't want it too girly (i.e. Anne or Haley) but it needs to read feminine. Tomboy-ish. And my brain just isn't working. The first name that popped into my head was Val as a nickname. But I HATE Valerie. So that name's out. lol So preferably a name with a nickname, short, sweet, to the point. Any ideas?