Am I the only writer who is indecisive when it comes to my character names?
I don’t have any children, and yet I firmly believe naming a child would be far easier than naming a character in a book! Let’s face it you know exactly who you want your child to be when they grow up and a name is a massive part of this. But when you are naming a character in a book you experience so many conflicts of interest and dilemmas that its enough to make your head spin.
How many writers have a link to the latest top baby names website in their quick links/ favourites?
Ok, enough said.
More irony anyone?
Do you pick a name that suits your character’s personality, for example do you give your evil villain a gritty, villainesk name? Or do you choose the ironic option say something ‘fluffy’? Or even something normal?
Growing into our names…
Do you ever get the feeling that your characters grow into their names, or do they fight against it? While the real world has numerous examples of how your name can influence everything from job opportunities and salary to your likelihood of falling into a life of crime, it also has plenty of conflicts. For example the man who named his two sons ‘winner’ and ‘loser’ (let’s not get into a debate on why). Winner went on to be a criminal and loser went on to be a cop!
As a writer though, do we find ourselves attributing a personality and looks to our character simply based on their name?
I know as a reader I do, so I can’t help but think that subconsciously when I am writing I do the same.
Yeah, I still can’t decide…
I have been writing my current book for nearly ten years off and on. It is ready for publishing and has been through numerous rounds of editing, and I still find myself questioning the names! Ok, it’s not the main characters anymore, but I just can’t help giving some of the minor players a little tweak 🙂
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If you are looking for magic, all you need is a book.
Sometimes a book is the only thing that can make the world right again.
As someone who writes, I think it is fair to say that I have a lot of time for books. I am going through some training at work at the moment, and there is an awful lot of talking and discussing involved in this training. But I have also been lucky to be provide with a recommended selection of books to choose from within my areas of focus, and I am actually loving the opportunity to graze these at my own pace in my own time.
I guess when we are in need of a boost in life, to reset our expectations, direction, expand our knowledge, or simply refresh ourselves by an escape from the hum-drum routine, a book is the only vice you need.
All books should come with a warning…Reading is seriously good for your health!
- Steven Pinker – The Sense of style, A thinking persons guide to Writing in the 21st Century
- P D James – Write a novel and get it published
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- David Malouf – The writing life