Coming up with character names can be an interesting and fun thing to do. I like to find names with meaning, a name that represents some part of the character’s personality or appearance. I don’t know why, it’s just something I am keen on doing 😀
But I’ve noticed something happening.
After I find these great unique names, suddenly, I see them EVERYWHERE!
I chose the name Otto for one of the characters in my current book, and I was rather pleased with myself for finding a simple, yet interesting name I hadn’t heard of before.
Then, the very next day on a forum, I see the name pop up for someone’s pet. I then hear it for a character on TV.
I had never even known of that name before, then I heard it twice the next day 😀
This has now happened a few times with unusual character names. Maybe I’d heard them before but hadn’t taken notice? Possibly I’m being hyper-aware after spending so long searching for the name? Whatever it is, it’s something that always seems to happen lately.
For my next book, I am using relatively common names to suit the contemporary setting, so I’m not so worried. But in the future if do another fantasy, maybe I will just have to make up names from scratch!
Has this ever happened to you? Do you like using character names with meaning? Do you make up names or use real ones?
Status of Fourth Manuscript: With the readers (2/3 returned). Cover done, blurb written.
Books read: 2/4
July eBook review: Written and ready.