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What’s harder for you to come up with, titles or character names?
Excuse me while I give a resounding and hearty laugh.
I’m terrible at giving titles to my stories. Pearl is Pearl because that’s all I could think of. Last year, when I started planning the quartet of contemporary romance stories I’m still outlining, I decided that “Seeing You” (after a song) would make a good title for the first of the stories. “Hearing You” could work for the second, since there’s a musician hero in that one. But then, the titles quickly deteriorated.
But I love character names. The character starts taking shape when I’ve named them. Sometimes they pop into my head already named–Alexandra and Madeline Keegan from Pearl came that way as did Kimiko and Chris from my short story “Haunted Lake.” Sometimes I play around with character names for a bit until I get one I like. I like looking up names on websites like Behind the Name and Nameberry, not necessarily to learn the name’s meaning, but maybe to learn its origins or derivations or when the name was popular.
But yes, character names are so much easier than titles.