I don’t really have a set plan for naming characters, it’s quite often the first name that pops into my head. I tend to favour names that can be affectionately shortened, and I regularly name them after people I know.
My sister pointed out that I’d named two characters after my parents, which hadn’t been intentional, but it’s now become my thing that I name background characters after my parents.
I find picking surnames more difficult than first names. Sometimes I say “Argh I need a surname” and someone nearby will say one and I’ll just go with it.
Any authors have a method for choosing names?
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