What's in a Name?

What's in a name?

When a character comes to me, you would think that they would come equipped with a name. You would be wrong, at least part of the time. Sometimes, there is this vision, this imprint of a character. I know what they look like, I know their personality, and I know the role they will play. I do not, however, know their name. No matter how much they speak to me, the name is for me to decide. It is a painstaking process, painful in that I know it has to be just right. For instance, Finn was not Finn for the first ten chapters of The Gateway. The more I typed the original name, the more I disliked it. So I changed it, as is my prerogative as the author. He liked it better as well, as his character developed and thrived with his new name. Shaylah has been so since the beginning, and will be until the end. I had no choice in the matter, that was how she introduced herself to me in the recesses of my mind. If only they were all so easy.

A new character has been hovering at the edges of my brain. Until recently he was shrouded in shadows, and I could not see him clearly. Recently, he stepped out of the shadows and presented himself to me. There is only one problem, he has no name. Well, that's not entirely true, he actually has several. I'm just not sure which one suites him best.

Obviously, I cannot give much away. I cannot tell you his appearance, his role in the book, or his background. What I can tell you are the names that I am contemplating for him. I am putting it out there in the universe in the hopes that you, the reader, can help me.

Leave a comment on my website, comment on Facebook, or vote on Twitter and let me know what your choice would be.

I hope that you will take a minute to let me know your thoughts. I have listed the options here.



M. M. Paquin

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