"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
-Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)
We've been thinking a lot about names lately. How does the name of a character affect the reader's impression of him or her? How do you as an author create names for your characters?
One of our favorite examples of great character names comes from Roald Dahl's Matilda, Miss Trunchbull, Miss Honey, Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood- all of these character names immediately signal to the reader important information about the who that character is.
For this week's writing assignment come up with a character name that tells us all about the character's personality. Are they kind like Miss Honey or cruel like Miss Trunchbull?
One good resource might be a baby naming site; these sites can tell you the meaning and history behind names. Or use wikipedia to look up mythological characters, biblical characters, etc. to find a name that can convey character to the reader.
Once you have a name write a story or poem for your new character. Does their name help or hinder them? Do they live up to their name or do they feel imprisoned by it? Examine how names can help expand the subtext of your writing.
As always we'd love to see your responses to the writing prompts!
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