OK, so my biggest struggle this last week or so has been coming up with new names for my main two male characters in Oracles Promise.
Why am I renaming them? Well, let’s just say I don’t want a love triangle involving those particular two first initials. Someday I’ll introduce you to my characters, but I can’t until their names are nailed down.
So far these two boys are not happy about the name change. They won’t agree to any of the names I pick for them and stubbornly refuse to let me change their names at all. Which gets me thinking?
What’s in a name? (Sorry, Shakespeare, I know I’m totally pilfering from you.)
Why are names so important to nail down and why are they so hard to get right? I’ve changed names a dozen times on some of my characters without a worry, but other characters if I have to change their name it becomes a big stinking deal.
Why? Why are they so important?
Because a name is almost everything. It can shape a character’s past and future. And that is why it’s both so important and impossible to get a name just right.