CHARACTER NAMES: What’s In A Name I
A lot of people would disagree with me on the importance of naming your character. I personally can’t even start the book without a name and a title. I’ve read people say how those things aren’t important and you should just sit and write the book anyway and the rest will come to you. Maybe. For all I know, that could totally be true. But if I don’t feel a personal connection with the name I’m typing over and over again, I don’t feel personally connected with the book. The name means everything.
Saying that, it doesn’t mean I haven’t changed my mind about a name. Halfway through the book, my Andrea suddenly feels like a Susan…well, then she’s a Susan. That’s happened to me before. A few examples, Ali from The Voyeur Next Door, was originally Emma. Fallon from The Touch Saga was originally Ember. A name could feel so strong in the beginning, but if by the end of the book, it doesn’t fit, I say change it. Your character name is the thing readers remember when they might even forget the title. There are a few trigger names that will automatically make you think of a book just by seeing/hearing it.
Katniss (this is kind of a given 😉 lol)
So you can see just how important the proper name for your character really is. Now, to help you, here are a few I’ve collected over the years. I’ll have a post for girls Sept 30, 2015, but for now, here are some boy names!
Feel free to use!