Hi guys. Sorry this is late, I forgot today was my day. Whose bright idea was that, having me blog after nationals?
Thankfully, I have an idea ready. We all know how important a character's name is and also how serendipitous the choosing of a name can seem at times. The following exercise should be fun and easy and I hope you all respond. For your information, I am going to post the first response so when you go to the comment page you will not be influenced by another blogger's comments.
I'm going to describe a half dozen character types. Give me a name for each as though they were characters in your next book.
The idea for this exercise came after reading Genene's last blog about choosing names. I wonder if any of us will come up with the same name. Ideally, I think your choices should be relatively spontaneous, but they should also be names you would really use, that feel "right" to you, to match the character as presented.
1. A waitress. Forty-two years old. Plump, graying brown hair, blue uniform, white apron, or at least it's supposed to be white. She ambles over, pours a cup of coffee and says, "What can I get you?" Her name tag reads ____________________.
2. A surgeon. She or he is fifty-one, confident. She or he is eating caviar on a cracker during a cocktail party. It's a fund raiser for the hospital. But they are really thinking about their last patient and is startled from deep reverie when a colleague says, "May I have a moment of your time Dr. _______________________?"
3. The plumber. He arrives in the nick of time to fix a broken water pipe. He's no stereotype. The guy is an absolute hunk. Tight jeans, white T-shirt showing off bulging biceps, a grin to die for. The harried housewife (heart beating a little faster as he brushes by her) says, "Hurry ___________, the bathroom is flooding."
4. A little girl. Red hair, pigtails, freckles. Blue-jeans and a pink T-shirt smudged with jam. Four years old. Her mother stands at the door and says, "TIme to come inside, _____________."
5. The captain of a tugboat. He's tall, dark and handsome, accused of looking more than a little like Clark Gable when he played Rhett Butler. Mustache, liquid eyes, all man. A deck hand runs up to him and says, "There's a message for you, Captain ______________________."
6. A socialite. She enters a dress shop she's visited many times. There's a party that night and she's pretty sure her boyfriend intends to pop the question. She's thirty, blonde, gorgeous. She spies a yellow chiffon dress and knows it's the one, asks the salesgirl if they have it in her size. The salesgirl responds, "Of course we do, Miss ________________. It'll look lovely on you."
Tell us how you came to your think of your name or just give the name, whatever you like and have time for. It's good to be home!