What's In A Name?
A lot, as far as I'm concerned. You see, I'd come to almost the end of plotting my story, but there were a couple of main characters that I had not named yet. I really wanted to begin Chapter 1, but I could not let myself take that step without completing the final steps of the story.
I love baby name books. I discovered these books long before I became a mom. These books give you the first name, the name's origin and its meaning. For me, the meaning of a name matters. Sometimes, the meaning doesn't make sense in relation to my character.
For my current book, I have a villain. I tried to think of all the names that I wasn't fond of, but when I'd think of a name, I'd think of someone in the world I'd heard of that had done something good. Well, that crossed out the use of that particular name. I searched the baby name book and found the first name Holt. Its meaning is "wood."
When I think of "wood" I think of someone trying to drive an axe through it. I think: sturdy. Tough. There are many good things I associate with wood, but for this story, I needed this character to have been around for a long time, to have always been tough and for my hero to become very angry with the character of Holt. Who knows, I may have a scene where my hero is driving an axe through a log of wood. No one would understand that underlying meaning except me, and those of you reading this post. Hmmm... sounds like a possible scene.
What about you... Do you put a lot of thought into choosing a name for your character? What tools do you use? Perhaps if you give me the name of one of your characters I can bring you their meaning in the comments section of this post.
p.s.... My current word count is 4,302! I'm excited that I accomplished more during lunch yesterday and wrote more again this morning. Thank you to all of you for keeping me accountable!