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Naming your characters and settings


Names in a novel…

Easy?

Perhaps for some; but, many writers could use some help.

This re-blog from Roz Morris could be just what’s needed :-)

Nail Your Novel

le moulin 221The three chambers of fluid, lacrimal caruncle, fornix conjunctiva, canal of Schlemm, choroid, ora serrata. Where are these places? Somewhere under the sea?

No, they’re right where you are, indeed where these words are travelling. They are parts of the human eye.

I sense an artistic sensibility in the world of ophthalmic nomenclature, as though its members are preserving a sense of wonder about what these organs do for us. Next door, the brain is another grotto. It has diencephalon, fissure of Rolando, aqueduct of Sylvius, cingulate gyrus. The founding fathers of neurology were blessed with linguistic grace.

In a novel, even if your setting is a known place and realistic, each name you choose creates expectations, hints at themes and the characters’ roles.

Rebecca

Daphne Du Maurier wrote in The Rebecca Diaries how Maxim de Winter was ‘Henry’ in the first draft. She changed it, feeling ‘Henry’ didn’t live…

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2 responses to “Naming your characters and settings

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris July 26, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Thanks – once again – for sharing my work, Alexander. Much appreciated.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai July 26, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Oh, my!

      It’s my pleasure :-)

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