Fact: writing is hard.
And one of the hardest thing a writer ever does in writing is finding a suitable name for their protagonist (let alone anyone the rest of their cast of characters).
For example, Talya Nightingale was not always Talya Nightingale (#WhoIsTalyaNightingale). It took a long time for that name to evolve, but now I can’t imagine calling her anything else. In fact, Talya’s name is used nearly 700 times in the fourth draft of my manuscript.
Sometimes, the name of a character comes to mind pretty much immediately, but other times, like a month ago when I had to name Fallon—the lead in my upcoming weekly serial that is not a fairy tale, but does contain fairies—it was the most frustrating 45 minutes of my life. Want to see my frustration-themed stream of consciousness? Click here.
Names are immensely important to any character. It’s the series…
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