N is for Name
As a writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about names. Choosing the right name to suit a character is important. There are lots of on-line sources, which discuss the origins and meanings of names but I tend to look at the people I’ve met in life and how their name reflects their personality. It is surprising how many people with the same name share similar traits.
When I was a child, I was the only Nicola in school but when I moved to Germany in 2002, there were three Nicola’s working in the same department at the school where I taught. This proved confusing so we decided to call ourselves, Nicola (me), Nikki and Nic. It was interesting that we all recognised our shared characteristics.
- Very organized
- Stubborn at times
- Caring of others
- Liked to laugh a lot
We didn’t always get along because we were so alike in our approach to our jobs and had the odd ding-dong but we understood each other very well and so the good times far outweighed the sticky moments.
I have very fond memories of our times together and even though we have all moved on to new things, we will always have a special connection – our name.
How do you choose names for your characters?