When I first started my book, I named this character Elizabeth Lawrence. I had planned on calling her Lizzie, but then quickly realized that wasn’t going to work after I decided to name my protagonist Lacy.
Lizzie – Lacy…not a good idea!
I knew she needed a new name, but I just didn’t get around to it. She hadn’t showed up in my book yet, I never really fleshed her out. I never saw her, or heard her voice. She was just a name and a face on a photo. So, I asked my Facebook friends for some help, and they were awesome! They posted some really great names, my favorite list was huge.
Naming characters isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Yeah, I can come up with names all day long, but there are a few things to take into consideration when naming characters for fiction, like not having to many characters with the same initial, and making sure the names don’t sound too much alike, so it doesn’t confuse the reader. I definitely don’t want to do that. So, it’s a little difficult especially when you have a large cast of characters, like I do.
I finally picked a name with the help from my amazing Facebook friends…Yay! And a little bit of supernatural magic. When I was getting ready for bed, I was thinking about the names on my favorites list and suddenly I heard my character Sarah say, “Char, come look at this.” That was the first time I heard that characters voice, and that line grounded both characters in my story. I know exactly where they will appear in my book now, and it’s coming up really soon, so I better get busy and flesh them out. But, even after that happened, I still hadn’t completely made up my mind. So, the next day I did a little research, and found out that Charlene is the feminine form of Charles. My characters fathers name just happens to be Charles Oliver Wendell Lawrence II, and her younger brother is Charles Oliver Wendell Lawrence III, Rusty is his nickname (my husband named these characters a long time ago…Thanks Honey!) Then I found out that the highest recorded use of the name Charlene was in 1952, my character was born in 1954…perfect fit! And I can still keep Elizabeth for her middle name. I think this is the perfect name for her. It seems like her name was meant to be…Charlene Elizabeth Lawrence all along. Thanks so much Marsha Sullivan, for naming Charlene.
And thank you Facebook friends, you are amazing and I absolutely loved that you wanted to get involved with naming my characters and care about my book. Hugs!!! We will definitely do this again.
Thanks again Marsha, you are awesome!!! Now when I look at her, I couldn’t even image her to be anyone else but Charlene.