What’s in a name?



In my 63 Writing Tips book I suggest collecting names from cemeteries, but it’s easy to forget them, so dedicate a page in a notebook and write them down.  A good name can spark off a story. This week, make a list of names,  choose one of them and write a short story, or an obituary about that person.

‘I think if you name your characters well, they’re already living a bit on the page.’ William Boyd.

‘I  shall write a book some day about the appropriateness of names. Geoffrey Chaucer has a ribald ring, as is proper and correct, and Alexander Pope was inevitably Alexander Pope. Colley Cibber was a silly little man without much elegance and Shelley was very Percy and very Bysshe.’

James Joyce (1882-1941) Irish author