(Did you think I was gonna say ‘new year’?) 😉
Names and titles in fiction are important to me. I almost never start a story or book without at least some idea of a title. Even if I end up changing it later, the title helps me shape the story.
Same with names. I’ve been known to fiddle with character’s names, tweaking and poking until everything fits together. The name has to be perfect in sound and rhythm, and it has to fit the character perfectly. Bonus points if the name’s meaning somehow fits the character as well.
Recently, a friend and I were brainstorming a story together, and while we were coming up with the MC’s name, I suggested Persephone for her middle name. Not only did it flow really well with the rest of the name, it fit her perfectly, and the meaning and mythology behind the name adds a double meaning to this character that I think we’ll be able to play with a lot.
What about you? Are names as important for your characters?