It takes me a really long time to name my characters. I have to write them down on a list. Then I categorize the list by type of character; main, secondary or villain. Then I break that down by how much I like the name. I never want to use a name I love, love, love for a secondary character because I might want to use that for a main character in another story. Also I am incredibly picky about names. It took me forever to decide on my kids names. I debated and debated.
I find girls names to be the hardest. There are so many I don’t like. I love different names and always have. If I name a girl character a common name you can almost guarantee I am not fond of the character and she’s bad or she will be.
I have to think seriously about the character and their part in the story. The name has to fit who they are and what they are in the story to accomplish. This is not an easy task.
Even last names give me trouble. I ponder and consider. What do they do for a living? Where are they from? Does that name fit their personality? Their family personality? What nationality are they? I have notebooks filled with information on my characters. Even the really seemingly insignificant characters have a history.
I tend to overthink things. But then again how can I write about someone I don’t know?