A wonderful article, originally posted on The Indie Spot If you are not following that blog, you definitely should!
Naming characters might not seem like a major aspect to writing fiction, but it’s one of the most important pieces of the writing puzzle.
Names, when well thought out, convey elements of that character’s personality, region of birth, ethnicity. A memorable name will also stay with your readers—even after they’ve finished reading your book. Names like Han Solo and Luke Skywalker are much more memorable than, say, Dave Johnson and Bill Smith. Over the course of many books and several movies, we have a firm image of Han and Luke. Just hearing those names takes us on a journey into the future, into the deepest reaches of space. Bill and Dave, though part of a famous story, would not be easily recognizable in the name-dropping game of story fandom.
At times, I’ll come up with a name before I even have the story. There’s a personality within the name that…
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