Tuesday, May 29, 2012
What's in a Name?
One name I had to change was Beth's husband, Dan, in "The Lunch Club". I originally called him Dave. Then I realized that was the name of the main character in Linda Evan's Book, "Jobless Recovery." Both Daves are out of work. My Dave was older and married, but I still felt badly about stealing her name. So I changed it. Dan will always be Dave to me, though.
How do you come up with names for your characters? Do they pop into your head or do you spend hours finding just the right one?
Remember, Margaret Mitchell originally called Scarlett O'Hara "Pansy." Would a Pansy have sailed virtually unscathed through the Civil War?
I think not. And neither did Mitchell.