I am about to embark on my fourth novel and have ideas running around in my head, and characters that I want to write about, but my difficulty seems to be in selecting names for these characters. The main character – Libby – in my third novel, went through several name changes before I settled on Libby. I chose Elizabeth as the character’s name, then Libby because it is a derivative of Elizabeth and also she became a liberated woman! I sift through pages of male and female names, perhaps pick one or two, then change my mind. Some names conjure up people from my past who I haven’t liked – they, of course, will turn out to be the baddies! But for the main characters I really struggle. Does anyone else have this problem? and if so, what system do you use to select character names? One person I know just puts any name in while she is writing her story, then goes back and changes the names to more suitable ones at the end. I can’t do that, as to me the character is real from the word go and has to have a proper name.
I would love to hear any suggestions.