Over at The Paris Review, novelist Tony Tulathimutte writes: “To me the most embarrassing part of writing fiction, aside from telling people about it, is naming your characters. Of course, even “real” names are made up, but in life our names are things we can alter only with a great deal of paperwork; in fiction, writers can line up names and identities as they please, dropping or trading them on a whim. Contriving a name for a contrived person seems terribly precious to me, akin to naming a doll. You want your characters to have names that aren’t too convenient but still memorable and meaningful, which isn’t easy.”
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Do you struggle with naming your characters?
What’s a memorable character name for you? Why?
What do you think a name should contribute to a character’s development?