Character Naming

30 Dec

I’m in the process of revising my fairy tale novella Woodland Castle (it’s a working title, and honestly it’s a lot better than the first title I
came up with). I originally wrote it rather intensely, the whole thing during the month of November, as part of my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project. (Maybe next November I’ll actually write a full-length novel instead of a novella and three stories.)

I just discovered that during that intensive November writing experience, I had created a witch-burning character called Father Duplicitous. I might want to change that name to something a bit more…subtle. After all, a villain shouldn’t have a name like that unless you’re writing for cartoons (“Dudley Do-Right,” for example) or writing slapstick comedy. This novella is neither. I’ve given all the other characters German names (since I eventually decided to base the kingdom on Germany), and there’s a posibility that his name might be the same thing, or something similar, but in German.

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