So I have ideas brewing for NaNoWriMo this year with a cast of fairly distinct characters. The only problem is that most of them are nameless at the moment.
Names always seem to be one of the hardest parts of creating a character for me. You want a name that fits the time period of the novel, that goes with the character’s “look” (or description, I suppose), that gives readers a nudge in the direction as to how you want them to image the character. Names are usually how a character is first introduced and, by name alone, we as readers already have an idea as to who the character is.
Think of a young woman named Felicia. She’s going to look a bit different in your mind’s eye than a girl named Jordan, isn’t she? You’re also going to presume Edward isn’t going to act like Wyatt.
I have plenty of resources to find character names, but I still feel a touch stuck. Obviously I can change the names down the line if I feel another moniker suits a character better, but having the characters readily-named would definitely help me keep up with NaNo!
What about you? Have any character naming tips to share?