So in my preparation for National Novel Writing Month I have put together a character types list, but I can’t put the names to a type. Herein lays the challenge, name my characters. I’ll give you a brief description of the character and you fit a name to it. Could be someone you know, someone you hate, someone that you think deserves a bit in my first NaNoWriMo attempt. For some of you will take this and say “Insert person I know Sean may be talking about here.” Don’t do it. This is a work of fiction and though I may borrow liberally from my experiences it is not meant to be autobiographical. Remember the great legal out: The characters of this novel are fictional. Any resemblance to anyone dead or alive is purely coincidental.
The task is yours…
Narrator– 26 year old male who starts a life in radio by necessity, he needs the money to pay the bills. Ever striving to be realistic and supportive to people even though usually bites him in the ass.
Supporting Characters –
Narrator’s girlfriend – Lost early twenties woman who tries to run away from her parents and ends up going back living near them.
Boss # 1 – Older man whose passions are Asian teens, porn and imitating Andy Rooney.
Boss # 2 – Younger man who tries to prove himself to anyone who will listen
Competitor to the Narrator – Has talent but no energy or effort. Would rather slide his way to a major market
Competitor to the Narrator – Has talent and great desire but no patience
The Pastor who marries the Narrator and his Girlfriend
Drunken acquaintance who turns out to be a friend to the Narrator
Hated enemy to the Narrator
Drunken Band Lead Singer
15 miscellaneous one issue male character names
8 miscellaneous one issue female character names
7 female friend names including (1 stripper, 2 nurses, 2 co-workers, a flirtatious poker player and a former child saved from death by the narrator that now works in a bank!
A couple characters will not be named however by you guys. I’m giving the Narrator a female foil. She is the one woman that he dreams about, the one character he wants to be with forever but he cannot speak her name. It is almost too sacrilegious to utter the perfect woman’s name. And unfortunately he always seems to be either a step ahead or a step behind of this foil. I am also giving the Narrator a couple of college buddies that you can’t name.
Feel like naming some character after someone I know or hate, remember I have first and last rights to determine if these names will be used. If they are used I will promise to throw a thank you in the liner notes.
So the challenge is now yours. Do with what you may. Entry deadline is Midnight on Halloween. You want prizes???? How about name that makes me laugh the most will get an autographed copy of the drivel I put out in a month as well as a Wal-Mart Gift Card. Person who submits the most creative names will be given a special prize that will not only amaze but will astound.
Hmm, in the last couple minutes I have written about 580 words. Now all I have to do is take these characters and their names and convert them to 50,000 words. I am glad I have the new laptop. I am going to need it!