QUESTION OF THE WEEK
September 22, 2013
HOW DO YOU NAME YOUR CHARACTERS?
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My answer: I like to name my characters right away, almost first thing, in the very beginning stages of plotting. Sometimes it stalls my plotting process—I simply can’t move forward until I’ve found the perfect names for my hero and heroine. I start off with a general idea of who they are, but they’re not complete, they’re not “real,” until I find their names. As I add secondary characters, I like to pick their names early in the character-sketch process, although quite often I’ll change their names as I move forward.