7 Tips for Naming Your Characters

These are solid and helpful tips on naming your characters!

J. Young-Ju Harris

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Naming characters is an important part of character creation. It determines how your characters will be known moving forward. Some people find this aspect of the character creation phase to be very easy or mostly intuitive. For those of you who don’t, here are some of my suggestions on how to go about coming up with names for your story’s cast.

1.) Differentiate Your Names

My cardinal rule for naming characters is making sure that none of the names look similar on the page. Having characters with names that appear similar can either cause the reader to slow down to make sure they know who is taking action, or, worse, it can cause the reader to become confused and lose the thread of what’s going on.

I actually think that J.R.R. Tolkien made this mistake when he named his villains Sauron and Saruman. If you’re reading quickly, the two names…

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Smorgasbord Christmas Party – Guest Sue Vincent – Short Story – Christmas Lights

Hands down, one of the most beautiful and “real” Christmas stories I’ve ever read. If you do nothing else today, take a minute to read it and let your heart open to the meaning hidden within.

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My guest to the party is an author, poet and blogger who fascinates us with stories of ancient Britain and spiritual markers on our landscape left behind by our ancestors.. and then she will allow her co-author Ani.. a small black dog to take over for the day and teach us humans some manners.  More about both of them later. But first a poignant short story… Christmas Lights by Sue Vincent.

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Christmas Lights – Sue Vincent

“I must be mad.” A wry smile played amongst the wrinkles as she heaved the top half of the faded tree into place. Not a large tree… about the same height as its owner. Taller, probably, these days, she thought. She had always struggled with the damned thing. Why today? She cursed herself for an idiot, laughed at herself… a fine picture in her nightie putting up a Christmas tree no-one would see. Except…

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Jamie Richards – Latest and Greatest

One of my favorite things in life is listening to music. I also love writing CD reviews for new releases that tug at my heart strings.

Jamie Richards‘ newest CD release, Latest and Greatest, does just that!

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I first met Jamie Richards several years ago at a Texas music festival. The thing that impressed me about him then and now is his truth. If you listen to the lyrics to his songs, you’ll understand what I mean by that statement. Below is my review of Latest and Greatest.

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Jamie Richards stands a head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to true traditional country music. He walks his talk, and that is reflected perfectly with the release of his sixth album, Latest and Greatest.

Some of the songs on this album have been previously recorded and are fan favorites. But, five new releases are destined to keep Jamie Richards spinning on the radio. “Second Hand Smoke,” co-written with Mark Powell, was released as a single in September and debuted on radio in the top 100 at #60. It has now climbed to #8 on the Texas Regional Radio Chart. 

The words from Jamie’s song, “Real,” could be a biography from the man himself. “I live it/I breathe it/Like raising hell/ I like drinking/Like fishing/Living on a country road/Don’t believe what politicians say/Don’t think lyin’ is okay/That’s just how I feel/I like real.”

“When You Love Somebody” expresses the joy and hope life can bring when you love and are loved in return.

The message in “Sayin’ Goodbye” brought a lump to my throat. How many times have we lost someone in life and covered up the hurt and pain by staying so busy we never took the time to say goodbye?

“I’m not Drinkin’” is irony at its best. “No, I’m not drinkin’/I’m just thirsty…”

The other songs on the album have become classics for Jamie Richards.

“Last Call,” co-written with Wayd Battle, is a poignant look at a timeless lost love. Jamie puts his signature style on “Any Way You Want Me To,” co-written with Walt Wilkins.

You can hear “Never Gonna Hear it From Me,” “Whiskey Night,” and “Drive,” at most of Jamie’s live shows. The descriptive lyrics along with Jamie’s smooth voice bring the songs to life.

“She’s as Cold as the Beer She’s Drinkin’” is a ballad to the woman who has frozen her heart never to let anyone in.

“I’ll Have Another” is a shining example of Jamie’s songwriting ability and may just be the most well-written song in Texas country music today. It is nothing short of poetic genius and Jamie gives credit for the song idea to Shannon Carpenter.  “Easier by Now” speaks of lost love and Jamie ends this album with a bonus version of “Real” featuring Justin Frazell.

If you love REAL country music, this album needs to be on your playlist and under your Christmas tree!

I invite you to visit Jamie’s Website

Go to CDBaby and preview some of these songs.

Check his tour dates and catch a live show. I promise you won’t be disappointed!!