Writing Exercise: Write down a list of 10 names and beside each one write a brief description of the person behind that name. Continue reading below for more on character names.
Character names are very important to stories. A name should fit the personality of the character. The sound of a name can cause the reader to associate a trait (ex. strength, weakness, silliness, joy, intelligence, etc.) with the name. Carefully consider the naming of a character, as if you were naming your own baby (because you are!). Below are some names. Say them out loud. What type of personality trait does each name evoke?
Abraham Bubba Cai Daishiro Elmo Fabian Gabriela Lulu Mr. Reich Lily Walter Xavier Johnnie Higgenbotham Miss Bless
One of my favorite character names is Arno Weed from Pocketful of Names by Joe Coomer. Leave a comment with your guess at what Arno looks like and what his personality is like. Look for my comment under the post to find out Arno's real description.