IWSG: Titles and Names
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The June question: What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?
Book titles are easy for me to create. I have been known to come up with an awesome title and then create a story for the title. I am that good! Not really! Character names are also easy for me to come up with but are usually 99% of the time WRONG for the characters.
So why don’t I wait until after I’ve created my characters, you might ask? You might also suggest that I call them MC or Protag, mean guy or beautiful girl. I have tried this and can’t do it. When my characters do not have a name, I can’t relate to them, my mind goes blank and the story stops. It’s when the characters start talking to each other that I will see how wrong I was in naming them in the first place.
It’s like naming your child without spending the first year with it. Oh wait, we actually do that.
Naming my characters correctly is one of my many challenges. I won’t even tell you how many times that I use the same names for minor characters, like over and over.
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