Choosing the names of your characters, especially your main characters, can be a challenging task. Yet, it is one of the most important aspects of writing your story.
A name can convey so much. Take for instance the male names of Harvey and Greg. What images do these names create in your mind? What kinds of men do you see possessing these names?
You may discover as you think about names that there are stereotypes associated with certain names. What if you used a hero’s name that sounds macho and gave it to a timid man? What kind of plot could you build around that?
A name can be the starting point of your story. It can also generate a plot idea. So, choose your characters’ names carefully. They could affect the success or failure of your story. They could also take your story in a direction you never dreamed of.