Do these names fit the characters?
So, I'm a total name dork with no plans of ever having children. Since I'm also a writer, this means I put way too much thought and effort into naming my characters.
I'm starting a new story (currently only about 5 pages written, but it's only been like 27 hours since I began so not bad) and I'm really big on making sure my characters' names suit them. The protagonist is 18, a college freshman. She's got severe anxiety as well as moderate OCD, but is very sassy, loud and opinionated. This creates a bit of internal conflict for her because she doesn't want to draw attention to herself and likes order and planning, but sometimes she can't help it. Combat boots and funky clothes with a bit of a punk edge are what I tend to picture her in. She has an eyebrow piercing and dyed lavender hair. She's tall for a girl, but not model tall. I really don't know what information is pertinent here. She's really smart and a dedicated, organized student but a bit wild outside of class. She's saracastic and closed off. I think that sums it up. Basically, I'd like to know what people might think to name her based on this description. Suggestions would be so fantastically helpful.
Another major character is the protagonist's best friend, also a freshman. She's a dancer, she's very mature, responsible and somewhat reserved, but doesn't care what other people think about her. She's gay and has an inclination to wear clothes and use accessories that announce this. For anyone who may now be thinking lots of flannel and short hair, I've been writing her as a femme so disregard those stereotypes. She's funny and articulate and really dependable. Any ideas about what her name should be?
Finally, the other major character is a guy. He's a junior in school with the two girls. He's from a small town in Texas and is very all-American boy in terms of appearance, other than the lip ring (can you tell I'm a fan of facial jewelry?). He's cocky and obnoxious and tries a little too hard to maintain a "bad boy" image. He studies Biology and enjoys harassing the protagonist and calling her by her full name, which she detests. He's typically disdainful and disrespectful of authority figures. I'd appreciate thoughts on his name, too.
I have this taking place at a small liberal arts school in central California. I haven't really written in a while, so it's nothing brilliant. Pretty formulaic, actually. Anyway, I currently have the main character named Katarina Abernathy, but she goes by Kat. Her friend is Lydia (no last name yet). The boy is Theodore Zakowski, goes by Theo. I'm not sure if the last name Zakowski fits, though. I believe it's Polish in origin, but I'm not totally sure. I'll have to research that, but if anyone has any spare knowledge on how common or uncommon it is for people of Polish descent to live in small town Texas, I'd appreciate if you shared it with me.
So, this is a really long post, but I'd love thoughts on the names!! Thanks!
Tue, 11/25/2014 - 4:30am