“Names have power.” ― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
How do you decide what your characters will be called when writing a new novel? Although Shakespeare may have suggested names don’t make the person or object what it is, the names of people acting in your novel do make a difference and you should focus on giving them good ones. However, naming fiction characters doesn’t have to be hard; read on for three tips to help with your selection.
3 Tips for Naming Fiction Characters
- Make Sure it Matches the Era
Naming fiction characters may be pressure-filled, but making sure the name matches the era or time period your novel is set in can help simplify the decision. If your novel takes place in the past, it won’t make sense to have a character with a unique or highly modern name, or the book won’t feel authentic. Browse through your public library or other famous novels from the era to get some ideas.