The names you give your characters are more important than you may realize, but how easy is it to choose a name which creates the right impression of your character? Not so easy! Everyone has a different impression of common names because most readers have met Sarahs and Matts and Jennas throughout their lives. As you read those names, did particular pictures or emotions flash through your mind? They will flash through your readers’ minds. So how can you pick a name that gives the right impression? Here are a few things to consider:
How do you choose names for your characters? What kinds of names are most common in your books?
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Choosing character names is one of the most difficult parts of writing for me. In a writing class I took, the instructor pointed out how distracting a wrongly-chosen name can be. He gave the example of a muscle-bound hit man named Irving or Harvey (though I imagine those would be a good cover names!) or of a sexy blonde bombshell named Adelaide. I guess if a story is strong enough it might be able to overcome wrong name choices, but it would probably take time for readers to accept it and relate those names to the characters. Good post!
Thanks! Yes, I agree, character names are so important. There are most certainly names out there which are completely inappropriate in everyone’s opinions for certain types of characters. A football player named Herb? Not believable and, as you say, hard to overcome and relate to. I think it’s definitely worth taking the time to really think every character name through.
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