|What's my name?|
I was in awe, yet again, at the beauty of this plant during May (the rest of the year it looks rather brown and sad). I know it’s a Japanese plant but I don’t know what it’s called, which is rather irritating. Names are so important, especially when it comes to writing and making characters memorable – as well as assigning identity.
When writing stories or novels, getting the name right is essential. Characters should stick in the reader’s mind. After all, if a reader connects with a character, they are more likely to buy the sequel or the next novel by the same author. I often use a ‘?’ until I come up with a suitable name for my characters. Then I go through the tedious process of ‘googling’ every prospective name I have come up with to make sure it doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. Does anyone else do that or am I being too pedantic?
My all-time inspirational writer (to date) is Ian Fleming. I have read his James Bond novels over and over and just adore his use of language but most predominantly the skill for naming characters. He most certainly got it right with James Bond who has spanned the generations to still be an international household name. How can one compete with names such as Pussy Galore, Jaws, Vesper Lynd, Miss Moneypenny, M, Q… ?
I was thrilled to hear that Anthony Horowitz has taken on the mammoth task of writing the next James Bond and will be bringing back the illustrious Pussy Galore. I am intrigued and look forward to reading the end product. Horowitz, I’m sure, will recapture the ‘real’ Bond Ian Fleming created and give us all a treat.
What’s your favourite character name? And, does anyone know the name of the beautiful Japanese plant that shines in my garden this time of year?