I’m such a procrastinator. It’s about time I get hysterical because of my thesis, which is due in 6 days! Oh well. Still have tons to do on it, but I felt like posting first.
How do you name your characters? I have an interesting method. That is, I don’t have a method at all. I normally don’t give names too much thought. Some people do and that’s cool.
Here is how I have named a few of my characters in the past.
Male main character from The Resolution. Just happens to be one of my favorite names for a guy. No real reason. Boring.
Secondary female character from Hidden People. I was talking with my sister about names for this character, and she understood “Benjamin.” (I may or may not have had a crush on a guy named Benjamin at that time.) I switched the name up to make it sound feminine. Voila.
Female main character from Hidden People. Okay, this one is kind of weird. I was walking with my sister and we were talking about a name for this character. (This particular sister helps me a lot with my stories, and I love her. Not only for that though.) So we were walking past this house with a “Beware of Dog” sign. With an Australian Cattle Dog on the sign.
That’s where the name is from.
I am absolutely in love with the name, and it turns out that it is important that her name is Australia. Still, I think the way she got it is kind of odd. I had almost forgotten about it until my sister reminded me.
Male secondary character from Hidden People. This guy was supposed to be called Sam. I started writing calling him Sam. It was so, so strange because I kept accidentally typing Chris instead. I did it over and over again, so I finally switched the name to Chris. Somehow the name fit better. (Actually, in the same story I did the same thing for Rachel, always typing Laura instead. So weird. Has that ever happened to you? Rachel stayed Rachel though.)
How do you name your darlings?