WHAT’S IN A NAME? NAMING YOUR NOVEL’S CHARACTER
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I wonder if after Shakespeare wrote those famous words in Juliet’s soliloquy
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Did any writers instinctively check to see if the characters in their stories were named properly? Well I don’t know about that. Maybe. But Shakespeare was smart . He knew that naming a character had to mean something. Or else he wouldn’t have written this line in his play.
In today’s world that one line that Shakespeare wrote is more important than we can even imagine . At least for a writer.
Why ? You might ask. What’s in a name?
Choosing a name for your characters is by far the most important thing a writer should do. At least that’s what I think. Because the name of your characters especially your main characters is what will allow the reader to get know and understand who that character is. What type of person they are and what qualities they have.
Yup all based and centered around the character’s name. That’s why it’s important to choose a name carefully. A name can make or break whether a reader will pick up your novel and read your story. Some character names are the whole embodiment of the story . Without that character’s name there is no story.
For example take stories like Pollyanna , Tom Sawyer , Dracula , Sherlock Holmes , Anne of Green Gables , and one of the most famous ones Harry Potter. Where would the stories be if the authors of those stories didn’t take the time out to name the characters who they were? Yeah it probably would be named something different.
But these authors took the time out and researched the names . They matched qualities, and mannerisms with the names. They probably even changed them a few times before making it final.
This is why it’s very important when choosing your character’s name. Take your time . Experiment with it. It may take a few drafts.
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