marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

need for names

Some writers have no need to know the characters' names.  They can write away with a placeholder like YXGY or something, and get the entire draft done.

Me, I can outline that like.  Naming character "-" or "--" so I can keep them apart -- and put them in the character list to note down any things I have figured out about them.

But I can't write about them like that.  I need a name.  A good name.  One that manages to convey something of who the character -- personality, position, age, etc -- is without being too blatant about it.

It can mean an outline hanging in Limbo for a while while I hunt through baby name books and online sources. 

Tags: characterization, names, outlining

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