Names. Our characters need them, but where do we find them? I’ve searched dozens of sources looking for perfect names, ones readers will remember easily and relate with. Often times I do find unique ones that suit the characters, but not always.
Sometimes my adult brain gets in the way of finding a great name. Perhaps I should start letting my kids pick them. They seem to have a knack for discovering the perfect name that describes a character, is unique and memorable. Their names – which are mostly gender neutral – for their pets stand out and make visitors smile.
If I substituted my children’s duck and chicken names in place of the character names I chose in Mystery Light in Cranberry Cove, my novel would read like this:
“What is it?” asked Peaches, looking back at her.
A man dressed in green work pants and shirt dragged a large rectangular box toward the house. His sleeves were rolled up past his elbows, and he looked as though he struggled with his load.
Jiggles stood with his hands on his hips, watching. “Yeah, that’s Old Speckles,” he said. “I wonder what he’s doing.”
The old man seemed oblivious to their presence. He continued to wiggle the box, trying to get it to move. Jiggles took a few steps toward him, but Ginger grabbed his arm.
“You’re not going up there, are you?”
“Uh, I was thinking about it.”
“Don’t you remember the last time we met Old Speckles?” asked Ginger. “He gave us heck for being on his property. Even threatened to call the police.”
“Yeah,” agreed Peaches. “He’s a mean old man.”
“No, he’s not.” Jiggles assured them.
Ginger watched him hesitate. He didn’t look as if he wanted to visit with Old Speckles even though he said the man wasn’t mean. Jiggles’ face twisted as he looked to Ginger for support. She shook her head.
“Hey, guys.” Peaches suddenly whispered, pointing toward Old Speckles.
The man stared at them. Ginger was certain he scowled. Everyone fell silent. With two quick waves of his hand, he ordered them to go away.
“He doesn’t have to tell me twice,” said Peaches and started walking, with Spots right behind her.
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