It's another one of those really-busy-Fridays-so-I'm-posting-fast-and-early. Because, yanno, this Fricassee thing has become a sort of compulsion.
Okay, not really. But it is an important connection point, because I usually hear from more of you during my Friday posts--and I love that!
So let's talk about character names. This is probably on the top of my mind because my husband, the Dear Mr. A, actually named one of the main characters in my WIP. I was stuck, and the first suggestion Mr. A made was...well, perfect. Either he knows me well, he's magical, or it was dumb luck.
Character names are intensely personal for me, so getting a name from my husband was outside the box. What about you? Do you choose character names wrought with meaning and symbolism inherent to the story (think JK Rowling)? Do you choose character names that convey strength (Stone...Buck...Gibraltar...?) or beauty (Belle...Vista...Lovelytoes...?)? Do you bestow your characters with the names of your best friends, spouses, poodles, eccentric neighbors? Or do you make up names in the hope of being uber-creative (L'frentia DeLu'u'y)?
Share your naming process! And, just for fun, share the names of characters in novels you've read that you've absolutely hated (the names, not the novels). As in, I-can't-take-this-character-seriously-because-his-name-is-so-stupid. (Or maybe because it's the name of your ex-boyfriend or the gal who beat you up in the locker room...but that's a different story.)