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What’s in a Name?


Author Julie Glover asked this question last week on her blog and it really started me thinking. She was talking about our own names and our kids names, but I took it a different way.  How important are the names I choose for my characters?

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

4 thoughts on “What’s in a Name?

  1. Gina,I'm flattered! I'd be pleased to have this post on your blog. What do I need to do? Contact me


  2. Oh Jessica what a GREAT idea! I have a book of names, but I never thought of using it to describe the characters. But when you think about it, all scriptural names were based on a purpose. The babies were called "Laughter" or "The Lord Saves," sort of like Native Americans – "Running Buck," or "Dances with Wolves." That opens a whole new branch to my character development!


  3. I try to write character names that have meaning to who they are, what drives them, or use a name that is ironic–they grow into their name. One of my MC's name is Maddox. It means generous. And he's a lavish gift giver. The last name of one of my heroines is Aston it means noble stone. She's a gemologist/jewelry designer.I think names are very important in life and in fictional worlds. It's one of my favorite parts in writing! 🙂


  4. I really like this post and with a bit of trimming, it could be fun for my blog LMK, if you're interested!