Monday, April 13, 2009
The Name Game
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The Name Game
When choosing my character names for a story, I try picturing the people in my head and fitting them to a name. If my character is tough, I choose something that matches his or her personality. Or if they’re sweet, I go the other way.
Once I start writing and for some reason I take a dislike to the name I’ve chosen, then it’s hard to wrap a story around my character. This is why I take my time to find just the right one. I usually find names from people I’ve met, newspaper articles or from a list off the Internet. It could be a name I’ve heard in conversation.
After setting out to select my names, I often wonder if the name sounds strong for the personality I’m writing about or would it fit someone weak.
Something else bothers me when I read a book. I like to have a name that’s easy to pronounce, not one that takes all day to try to figure out what it is. I’ve read some books where the name turned me off after the first page and I didn’t enjoy the story all that much. So, it’s important to me to choose the right name that I hope the readers will like.
My question is this to anyone reading this blog. Is a name important when reading a story? Will you quit reading a book if you dislike the name the minute you see it or keep on reading?
Posted by Mary Suzanne at 9:39 AM