Choose according to the meaning. I don’t do this all the time, but most of the time I settle based on the meaning and how it fits my character’s personality.
Avoid complex names. Sometimes when I critique chapters of fantasy novels for other writers, I face the problem of trying to remember which name belongs to whom at the expense of following the storyline. It’s not always possible to have simple names, but I believe in striking a happy medium between a name like Jane and an unpronounceable one that causes confusion.
Avoid names that are similar or start with the same letters – Cassandra, Casey, Cassie, Cashel – you get the idea.
How do you name your characters? Do simply pick the first name that comes along, choose based on meaning or do you use a process of elimination? And do you ever change names mid stream?
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Naseberries are at the top of the list of fruits that I love! It's also called sapodilla on other Caribbean islands. Indians from Mexico and the Caribbean chew on the sap from the naseberry tree. They call the gum 'chuckle'. The flesh of the naseberry is slightly grainy, like the skin, but it’s deliciously sweet!