I can't write about a character until I give her a name. As soon as she has her name, she comes alive. I see her, hear her voice, and begin to live her story.
This has been a HUGE problem for me. I scour the net for names. I read lists, check obits and go through directories. UGH. A time suck, and not a fun one. I usually love doing research, but the name game was one I dreaded.
Until now. I just discovered
this cool writing resource.
Now I can search a name and find a similar one, or a variation, so everyone isn't Jennifer and Jason.
How do you name your characters?