Today’s Flash Friday is a flash of a thought that struck me this morning. It’s not “new information” to me, but it’s something I haven’t really spent a lot of time thinking about.
I am a name person.
I LOVE names. I like knowing people’s names; I like researching people’s names; I like making up new names.
My three daughters’ names are all names that I came up with (the third with the help of my cousin). The names themselves may not be unique – especially in this age of the contest to see who can come up with the most unusual name – but the spellings are, or at least they were when I came up with them (I contrived my oldest daughter’s name when I was 10. Now it’s a more heard-of name, but I have yet to know of anyone else with the same spelling as hers.).
think KNOW this affinity for names is tied to the writer in me. I keep a spreadsheet of names I’ve used and names I want to use in the future, and I’m constantly adding to it. It comes in handy when I’m trying to figure out who my main character is in a new novel. A person, after all, is tied to their name, whether they like it or not.
What about you? Do you love names? How do you keep track of the names of your characters?