Changing Your Identity
I don't know about you, however, I belabor over what to name my characters. I admit, I am fond of certain names and prefer those.
So where do you go to find them? I've had recommendations to try baby naming books and the social security website which lists popular names by years. For example, here is the table I found on their site for 2010 (http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/):
Top 10 Names for 2010
Yeah, none of the girl names worked for me. I have used some of the boys.
I looked up the ranking of my name. Back in the dark ages of 1987,
So what does all this mean? I want to name my characters something not weird that readers can relate to and like. I'm partial to the way some names sound, the authority, the picture they convey, especially for the guys.
Curious, I surveyed my published stories and found I'd used these names:
Yep, I'm partial to Paige, David, Cassie. Honestly, is anyone going to remember from story to story I used them again? Probably not.
I looked at what the editors changed:
-Mark Lincoln to Logan Lincoln
-Jason Myers of Myers Dept. Store to Jimmy Kline of Kline's Dept. Store (An adult named Jimmy nowadays?)
-Paige Wells to Lori Davis
-Michael Calhoun to Matthew Calhoun
-Alexander Walsh of Walsh's Dept. Store to Grant Malbec of Malbec's Dept. Store (someone drinking wine?).
-Cassie Hallstrom to Piper Lucida (Lucida is a font; Piper is a Sarah Palin kid).
Sigh. Some of the changes didn't work for me. There's nothing I can do about this now; however, I'll be thinking long and hard before I'm letting anyone mess with my pals.
What do you think? Am I too old-fashioned? Have you had names messed with in your works? How did you feel?
Vicki Batman named her dog after an action hero--"Jones." Her son after The Thin Man. And calls her husband Handsome. "Taking Flight" is a short fiction piece in Muse It Up Publishing's cancer anthology. Find her at: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com or at: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com