marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
marycatelli
marycatelli

names and suspension of disbelief

The fun thing about names. . . .

You want the names to sound like they all came from the same world.  Maybe different regions in it, but the same world.

Researching your names to get them all contemporary and from same general location helps.  Somewhat.

But the problem arises even there if you don't pick carefully.  I once researched a story and named characters such things as Tom and Kilmeny.  That's a real if rare name, there, Kilmeny. 

But I got complaints from the writers' group about mixing real and invented names.

sigh

It can't just be real.  It has to look real.
Tags: grumbles, names, research
Subscribe

  • O come, O come, Emmanuel

    O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! O Israel! To…

  • The King shall come when morning dawns

    The King shall come when morning dawns, And light triumphant breaks; When beauty gilds the eastern hills, And life to joy awakes. Not as of old, a…

  • On Jordan's bank

    On Jordan's bank, the Baptist's cry Announces that the Lord is nigh; Awake, and hearken, for he brings Glad tidings of the King of kings! Then…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 4 comments