Romance Writers Weekly


Hello and happy Tuesday. Thanks for joining us this week. It means so much!

This week’s challenge comes from the fantastic A.S. Fenichel:

How do you choose your character’s names? Do you have a system, a book, an app or is it random?

Yep, random. This is my very scientific method: I pull up a list of girls’ and boys’ names on Google that are suitable for the period I’m writing in. I try not to use the same first letter for more than one character in each book, since I find that confusing. And then I choose names that just sound right to me.

I then check out the origins of the names I have picked and their meaning. For example, I wouldn’t want my hero to have a name that means ‘bringer of death’ or my heroine to have one that means ‘siren that lures men to ruin’. But the process of choosing is fun. Just as imagining what the protagonists look like and how they dress and everything else about them that makes them whole. And a name is vital. Would Romeo and Juliet have the same romance if their names were Ralph and Sue? Would Katniss be who she was if her name was something else?

Names contribute to the story as much as any other element and even though my method is random, I still opt for ones that are right for my characters.

Now let’s hop over to the incredible Jenna Da Sie and find out how she chooses names…

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