Writers on Writing: What’s in a Name? Characters in Fiction

Themes:
Science Fiction/FantasyWriting/Business of Writing
What:
Panel
When:
17:00, Wednesday 29 Jul 2020 NZST (50 minutes)
Where:
Programming - Programme Room 4 (Webinar)
Discussion:
0

Charles Dickens was a master at choosing precisely the right names for his characters. Just hearing the sounds makes them come to life: Samuel Pickwick, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, and more! Like Victorian England, speculative fiction seems to be a mecca for interesting characters doing strange and wonderful things. But do the people in our stories measure up to the Victorians’ most fascinating characters? From choosing names to sketching patterns of behavior, quirks, and a host of other personality traits, what does it take to create a well-rounded character in today’s genre literature? Are names and naming conventions as important as they once were?

Panelist
Self
Author and Editor
Panelist
NZ Society of Authors
Writer