It’s always fun when you give a character a name that is absolutely perfect for him/her. You can always tell when an author puts effort into naming, too. One thing that always impresses me about THE HUNGER GAMES is how appropriate Katniss’s name is. The plant she was named for is commonly calledan arrowhead. I wonder how long it took Suzanne Collins to come up with it.
When I name a character, it’s usually pretty quick. Honestly, sometimes I choose names based on what’s on TV when I’m writing. I take a little more time when I’m picking a main character, but I don’t search for something steeped in meaning. I go with what feels right. I can tell I picked a good one if I don’t think about it anymore. I’ve changed names thirty pages into a draft because every time I typed it, my fingers stick on the keyboard.
What’s your opinion on character names? Do they have to be perfect for the character and the story? Or do you pick a name and go with it? What are your favorite character names and why? Is asking all these questions a total cop out to a real post?
For that last one, I’m thinking yes.