writing wednesday! too much coolness is not cool

This Writing Wednesday is about naming characters.  And why you have to do it carefully and not just buy a baby book and pick out your favorite names.

Here’s the main point of the video (and you’ll notice that I DO NOT actually SAY IT in the video):

Characters and names have a relationship to each other.  That’s what’s important about character names.  It’s not just what the name itself says about your character.  It’s what your character’s relationship to that name says about your character.  And you don’t even have to talk about that relationship.  It can be implied.  But it has to BE THERE.  Cause babies don’t pick their names.  But they do have to live with them.  And there are little mini-stories in there–about how they like or don’t like, endure or change, cringe about or tout, fit or don’t fit their names–that make your characters more interesting.  

That’s why you have to be careful with names.  

And PS:  Morty was actually more popular as a baby name in the 1920s and 30s.  Sorry–I can’t think and talk.  But you get the idea…

PPS: I want to state for the record that I LOVE the name Jenny (main character of my 1st novel). And also Barbara, Morty, and Zoey.  When you see those names pop up in one of my books, you saw it here first.

PPPS:  Very sorry for that terrifying YouTube still.  Whoever picks the stills for YouTube uploads has the wrong job.

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5 responses to “writing wednesday! too much coolness is not cool

  1. detes

    Have you ever heard of another person named Detes? Would you ever give that name to a character?

  2. Sophia

    Well I’m certainly glad that we didn’t go with Morty. I love the Wednesday updates (especially on Thursday). Please keep them coming.

  3. Lee

    TOTALLY missed your Wednesday post … probably because you posted it on WEDNESDAY. You have me completely messed up. My current characters: the stick, the second-guesser, the moral authority, the man, the Martha, yup: Hockey Moms 🙂

  4. Katherine!

    You answered the question perfectly. :o) Sometimes characters name themselves…but then there is research that goes into it as well.

    I have gone to the SS website before to name characters–specifically a piece I was (am) working on that spans a few generations of one family.

    I am going back and looking at your advice videos and just now responding (forgive me).

    ~~J

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