Saturday, May 31, 2008

5 Signs That Tell You Your Hero/ine’s Name Needs Changing

1. You keep forgetting how to spell it correctly.
2. You don’t pronounce it the same way twice.
3. Your critique partner can’t figure it out.
4. Your editor asks if the character is from another planet.
5. Spellcheck keeps automatically correcting it for you.


Desirée Lee said...

*LOL* I'll admit I like unusual and made-up names. I have added several of them to my MS Word dictionary to avoid the red squiggles in my manuscript.

However, there comes a point where enough is enough. When spelling the name aloud sounds like you are reading an eye chart, it is probably a safe bet that the name is too much.

Carpe Noctem,

Angelia Sparrow said...

I'm having the misspelling problem. My heroine's name is Chastity. My problem is bricklike fingers that keep typoing.

And my co-author keeps calling her "Constance." So we made that a running gag in the story, that her aunt always calls her "Constance."