As someone who has gone through her own share of name changes (Kimberly to Kim to Kaye/K), I am a firm believer in names reflecting personality, especially when it comes to fictional characters.
I just can’t help but feel that a Sarah is going to behave differently from an Yvonne or a Morgan when put into the same situations (stereotyping? Maybe, although I’d like to think there’s more to it than that).
And yet, here I am more than 2/3 of the way through the first revision of my Adult Urban Fantasy WiP, and I still haven’t nailed down my main character’s name.
I think I’ve changed her name about four times already during this revision, including swapping it for another character’s name (which I do not recommend, as it’s going to make final edits ridiculous since I can’t find & replace 2-letter nicknames as well as I can full names.)
I swear I’ve had more trouble naming her than I had naming my kids (and that required
huge fights compromising with my husband).
But as much as I’ve tried to push through with my revision despite it, the wrong name is constantly rubbing against me like an ill-fitting shoe. Which is maybe part of the reason this revision has been so hard to write.
I’m still plugging away at the manuscript, though. And about once a week I break down and check out baby name websites, hoping for a sudden inspiration (leading to an interesting array of online ads…sigh.)
Hopefully I’ll figure it out soon, and things will magically click into place, making writing a breeze (let me dream).
Question for my fellow writers: have you ever had trouble naming a character? How did you figure it out? Or are you the kind of person who can surge forward using a placeholder and not stress about the details until later?
Let me know in the comments.