You Named Your Character What?
Charles Dickens was one of the best at it. All of us fiction writers labor (at least a little) over it. Shakespeare’s Juliet shrugged it off: “What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
Yeah, maybe, Juliet, but we fiction writers think the wrong name can stink up a character’s image if we don’t get it right. If we want our heroine to be soft and frilly, we’re not likely to name her Gert, and if we want our hero to be super macho, chances are he won’t be answering to “Leslie” anytime soon.
So how come normal people don’t always figure that out? Names matter!