We all know how tough it is to get just the right name for a character.
- Does the name convey the subtle meanings we want?
- What does the name mean?
- Where in the world is it from?
- And in the case of some names, How do I pronounce it?
One of my first sales of a short-story, back before I got OFF the Dead Tree Publishing hamster wheel, featured a Japanese character. Not to put too fine a point on it, the story really isn’t about Japanese culture at all; it’s a sci-fi story that blends computer programs and origami. All I really wanted was a name that I could verify as being Japanese and male and I was off!
But for most of my main characters, I take just as much care and effort into their name as I do into crafting any other aspect of my story.