This week’s topic is:
‘How do you select the names of your characters?’
I must admit I only like traditional names, and so as soon as I read a blurb about a character with a strange or outlandish name, then I’m afraid I tend to skip that book and move on to another one. Funnily enough I find that books with strangely-named characters are usually in fantasy novels, a genre that I have tried to get on with but unfortunately cannot.
When I write, I prefer a character to have a short name, so that I don’t have to keep on typing out a long one. For example, I chose Amy and Beth (A House Without Windows), Erin and Alan (A Rather Unusual Romance), and Judy, Roger, Edie and Roz are some of the characters from The Pilates Class.’
I type clinic letters daily and always look at people’s names. Sometimes I imagine what they might look like based on their name. With some names I have no idea whether they are male or female unless I look at the patient’s other details or listen to the dictation. I type around 50 letters every day, and if I see a nice Christian name then I’ll remember it and maybe use it in a story.
Some of my characters have names that I remember from my schooldays. Others have my favourite names, or the same Christian names as workmates or friends. I also Google traditional names and see which ones I like. It’s nice to have a long list of names to choose from and build a character around.
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