But I’ve stopped by Intercourse. Even stayed there a while. Happened when I was only 10. Great place to visit, lots of country charm.
I’m talking about towns and cities, of course. Both Climax and Intercourse are in Pennsylvania.
I started thinking about names recently because a friend is writing a book for the first time. She doesn’t know what to name her protagonist. I told her, “A name is very important in your story. Take your time to consider what her name is.”
Certain names evoke particular imagery. A hero named “Wally” is seldom associated with a bad boy warrior. Likewise, if you’re writing a story with a mild-mannered reporter who happens to be a super hero, do you really want to name your reporter “Brutus?”
Names can provide instant conflict. I’m writing a werewolf/zombie short story where the heroine’s name is Beth, but her nickname is Bunny. Bunny as a nickname isn’t a big deal, but in this case, the heroine is a werewolf.
I had proposed the name as a joke, but Jennifer said, “Instant conflict.” And thanks to her, I had my story. Teased and tormented by her pack, Bunny the werewolf goes off to prove she’s more than her cute and cuddly nickname and tangles with a mean posse of zombies.
“Jabari” was the name of my first Egyptian hero in The Falcon and the Dove. The name means “brave.”
“Homer” would not be an acceptable name for an Egyptian warrior.
The book I’m reading now, Eve Silver’s Demon's Hunger, has a sorcerer named Dain. Great name for a powerful hero.
It’s fun to play around with names. Here are the names of actual towns and cities in the
Ding Dong, TX
Truth or Consequences, NM
Beer Bottle Crossing,
Okay, OK (I love this one!)
French Lick, ID (I first heard of this town in a wonderful book, Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon)