Good afternoon! Today’s author blog hop question is:
Characters- Are the names of your characters in your novels important? What about the titles?
Goodness me! Yes!
Every character I write must:
- have a name that “fits” in with the story theme – Can’t be too posh if the girl lives in a slummy area, unless of course it’s about a girl from a good neighbourhood now living in the slums…
- be a name I can relate to
- not remind me of another character (mine or someone elses)
- not remind me of an old school chum or anyone I know*(There is an exception to this, which I will explain another time!)
- be a name that sits “right” on the tongue. As in – it’s easy to pronounce and doesn’t look odd when written down. There’s nothing worse than stopping at a name trying to work out how to say it.
- not start with the same letter as any of my other characters, unless of course they are very different (more syllables for example) or they are names of “known” characters — Greek gods for example :) What I mean is I don’t like books with lots of similar names like Carrie, Carlie, Charlie, Kerry, Keely, Kayleigh LOL You get the gist?
And if I can’t get the name “just right”
- I’ll get blocked and struggle to move on forward – the same goes with a title. Even if it gets changed later it must fit what I need whilst I write it.
- I’ll get moody and snarly and start acting like a Cahnnox. A huge, frightening creature native to Black Ice Training Ground. LOL In which case you’ll need to leave me outside and let me stomp around until I stop bellowing, calm down and behave once more.
- You think I’m kidding, yeah?