Wednesday, February 13, 2008

On Names

Apprentice Writer has long been fascinated with names - in real life, and those writers give their characters. Choose by meaning? Sound? Fashion? Pun-making possibilities? The options are endless, and while a name might not make or break the success of an author's book (or child's life) all on its own, the fact remains that names trigger instant reactions in the hearer/reader. Ignore this reality at your child/manuscript's peril.

In honour of that mid-February day so beloved of retailers, a thought inspired by one of the most well-known name philosophers:

"A rose by any other name would still cost twice as much on Valentines Day."

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