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Today's topic: Character names
I used to spend hours coming up with the perfect character names. I’d look at baby name websites and keep lists of my favorites. I’d find a meaning to match my character’s personality.
Now? I’m lazy. Or I’m more preoccupied with plotting/outlining. Or I’m desperate to come up with some type of story 24 hours before my workshop. So character names get put on the back burner. Lately, I’ve pulled a lot of my stories from real life experiences and I just slap characters with the same names as the people I’ve based them on, convinced I’ll go back and change them when I have time. And then I just never do, and I become accustomed to typing their name and don’t want to change it. It’s a problem. I’m going to have so many people suing me if I get published.
How do you pick names for your characters?