4 Ways To Ease The Angst Of Naming Your Protagonist

The Fake Redhead Writes

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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Courtney M. Wendleton

I'm an author with an associate's in psychology. Interested in a lot of different things, and love controversy. The more controversial the better, but that's not all I'm interested in. Can be a bit confusing at times, but that's normal!

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