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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

IWSG: Titles, or names?

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JUNE QUESTION: What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

MY ANSWER: I have a harder time with character names than titles. To me, writing a title is mostly easy. I simply base it on the topic (maybe I've written too many essays, research papers, and thesis) and that carries over to my fiction writing as well. However, character names cause me no end of issues. After being a teacher for so many years, nearly each name reminds me of a specific student and my fictional characters then become irritating, lovable, demanding, full of folly, etc. as I am subconsciously thinking of at least one student with that name. There have been several instances when I, or a beta reader, have been editing and caught glaring character personality changes due to this. The old adage "Careful, or you'll end up in my book" is extremely true for educators.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I imagine you have heard a lot of names over the years. maybe it would be easier with fantasy or science fiction. I'm sure you've never had a student named Zonk.

Cherie Reich said...

I do think using a name of someone you know for a character could get weird.

Chrys Fey said...

I'm the same. I find coming up with titles is fun and naming characters is stressful. I can see the struggle you'd have as a teacher dealing with so many students' names each year.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I try not to use student names, but once I have once or twice. Ironically, I used the name of my daughters' first youth director for an elderly gentleman in one of my books and my daughters had a tough time with that because the Jordan they knew was young. I hadn't consciously associated the name with the youth director. I had just liked it for that character and they did have some similar characteristics despite having different ages.

Happy Writing in June!