Okay, so authors aren’t as crazy about character names as celebrities are, apparently. But we spend just as much time trying to make our characters stand out as they do their children.
But why do we do this? They are after all, just characters in a story.
Plane and simple: our characters are what sell our stories. And their names are how we introduce them to the world.
Hi my names is…
Sorry Slim Shady I’m not talking about you. Go away already.
But seriously, everybody has a name, every name came from somewhere.
What affects the names we give a characters:
A, number one answer—Personal experiences:
We all know someone or someone who knows someone that has a story about someone with that same name.
We all have an ex who we’d like to see thrown off a moving train, so why not give the character who’s gonna end up in that situation the name of said ex. HEHE. Haven’t done it yet, but maybe I will soon.
We all have someone we think should be immortalized in the pages of our novels for some great reason or another.
The meaning of the names:
You know you’ve looked up a name before bestowing it upon some unsuspecting character. And yes readers actually look up names. I had someone from my critiquing website, OWW look the name below up and comment on it to see if I knew what my characters name meant.
If you have a character who is from Ireland you want an Irish born name. It goes without saying, you can apply this one to just about any country or period. If you have a character that is 3 centuries old, and s/he hasn’t changed their names, you’re gonna want to do some research to find a name from that time frame. You can’t very well name him Landon—a name that is fairly common now may not have been so back then.
I was at Safeway (grocery store) and the checker had a handy little name tag on. Oh, we gotta love name tags. Her name was Aleaktra. Spelled that way!!! Little did she know I was plotting and scheming to steal her name while she was ringing me up. Hopefully she doesn’t mind, but oh, well if she does. Snicker. Snicker.
And yes, I have seen the Jennifer Garner movie Elektra, but that’s traditional, not even MS WORD picked the name up as spelled wrong.
These are the things that affect the names I give my characters:
Why do you choose the names you choose for your characters?
Happy Reading. Happier Writing-Names.