Names are important. And I have a lovely .49 cent baby book that assists in the naming of characters. Because to me, it has to fit.
A disclaimer: If I mention your name, and you find my description unflattering, apologies in advance.
What do you see when you hear the name Kip? Bambi? Chip? Candy?
In your mind's eye, you have an image. Mine may not be the same as yours. But on some of these I would bet it's pretty darn close.
I will never name any of my characters the same as anyone in my life who has hurt me. Just won't happen. Or names of those I know who are a$$holes. I'll go out of my way to avoid it. There is a name which, in itself, is pleasant. But it conjures up a psychotic piece of trash who had a crush on my ex-husband and carved her name in the top of our car. (I've led an interesting life).
And I know there are names that are triggers for some people. I would bet in this day and age, you couldn't use the surname Halliwell. Charmed has the corner on that. Naming your lead characters Brad and Jen...or Brad and Angelina? Doubtful.
Names are powerful. And I like mine to have some type of hidden meaning. I named a paranormal character Wilda because it means "untamed", and that was perfect for the story.
What He Wants features: Sheridan, Trevor, Miles, Isadora, and Liam. To me, they fit. Rather like theme-naming.
So think about it before you pop any ol' moniker on there. Because it matters.
5 months ago