This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out like Rebecca who inspired me to begin). The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s insecurity – How do I decide whether I should call my character by his first name, last name, or both?
I’ve seen it done all ways, but whichever I pick ends up sounding stilted. If I use first names, my characters don’t sound professional enough. If last names, it sets an unnatural distance when I’m in the head of a character they’re close to. I’ve tried switching, adapting for the scene, and my book club complains that I have no set name.
What do I do?
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