I hate naming characters. Naming characters is one of those pointless things to me: like showing emotions, or paying attention when other people talk.
But let me explain why I hate naming characters. Last night, I was tinkering with a scene. And out of nowhere, a little voice in my head is like “I don’t want to be Logan. I want to be Luca.” Now Character X (as Loganuca became immediately known) isn’t in the scene I’m writing. In fact, he doesn’t show up for another five or six chapters. But I can’t tell him that. Because if I do its “talking to myself” and then its back to the hospital for me. So annoying.
In any event, I started where anyone logically would. I polled Twitter. And Twitter disagreed with Character X and decreed that he should be Logan. I compromised by intimating that Logan can refer to himself as Luca in his head all he wants.
Then he asked for a last name. And a pony.
But seriously I hate naming characters. I have a file full of backups every time I’m working on a book. Some characters just have a name before they even appear – Riley was like this in WITCH EYES. Braden too. Trey’s name changed a few times, and so did a few minor characters.
When I started SG, I had an alphabet theme. Entirely by accident, the majority of characters that showed up were progressively A, B, C, D, etc. Except I think I was missing a B and a D. I obviously ended up changing a few. But I hate having to do it. Its annoying, especially if I’m doing it late in the game. Because what if I miss one ? Or what if one of the names gets replaced elsewhere in the book on accident. Like if I Find and Replace Geri with Cora, I go from geriatric to coraatric.
But on the bright side, there are some characters, like the aforementioned Riley, that jump onto the page fully formed name and all. And I just had another little burst of inspiration. Not about the character themselves, but about their family, and where their slightly unusual name originated from. Now I just need a story for them to get involved in!