Do you want to write a book? Are you puzzled about what to name your characters? Or are you writing a book, and you are unsure about the names you’ve chosen for your characters?
*clears throat* Hi! My name is Martha and I would like to formally welcome you to this naming ceremony, hosted by OkadaBooks on behalf of your novel. Let’s begin:
A name is more than an identity; it is a stamp on a person‘s life. You wouldn‘t find any sane parents who would give their children names like Hitler or Abacha; this is because of the negativity attached to these names. This is because names are believed to affect a person’s destiny, and are linked to some behaviour patterns. So when naming your characters, you need to understand their individual behaviour and lifestyle. Fictional characters are given names that supposedly relate to their nonfictional counterparts.
For example; In most romance novels male characters who are termed ‘players’ because of their unrepentant hobby of breaking the hearts of innocent ladies, are usually given Yoruba names like Kunle, Tobi, Tayo, Ayo and Femi. This is because a lot of people (we are not among o) believe that most Yoruba men are heart breakers, aka ‘Yoruba demons‘.
Character naming is a very delicate process, so you have to pick a name that sticks. I have some quick questions for you to answer:
Thank you for answering and attending this naming ceremony. Don’t forget to drop something in the offering basket (comment section) on your way out.