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June 9th, 2013 03:01 AM #1
Appropriate to use a name I've used in a novel?
Other than my day job, I write on the side, and thus it was likely inevitable that I'd run across this conundrum sometime. Can I get some honest opinions on this problem - whether it is kosher to utilize a name that I have named a character already.
-Story is currently unfinished, but I am serious about doing so in future.
-Would it matter if the name were "recycled" as a first or middle name for a son?
In case curious minds wanted to know, the name I am having this issue with is Harlan, and he is my main protagonist in the novel.moving to new account with username I like more... since we can't just change them
June 9th, 2013 04:02 AM #3Senior Member
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I, too, have had this issue - I also have it with the fact that I named my axolotl Archibald "Archie because I thought the name was totally cool but that I would never want to use it on a future son. Little did I know, I know would love to use it as either a first or middle, but anyway, that's a tad off topic, sorry about that.
I think that it would be okay to use the name on a future son. Apart from your own feelings about the issue, I don't think other people will find it inappropriate. Unless, of course, you decide to send your book to a publisher and it gets published.
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June 9th, 2013 08:39 AM #7Senior Member
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I think the main consideration isn't what other people think, but what might your future child think? e.g. if the character is really positive, then I think the child would find it perfectly acceptable. On the other hand if he is a flawed hero (e.g. alcoholic, divorced, difficult relationship with his child, even though he's still the protagonist), I think that might send an awkward message to your son.
June 9th, 2013 01:02 PM #9
Not all children are going to react that way but I still wouldn't give my child a name I had used in a short-story, novella, screenplay etc. (Except if the character is a very minor side character and even then only as a mn).
You could always see it as the chance to se GP names for characters or to find new names you love.Aurelia - Endora - Illyria - Lorelei - Merida - Ofelia - Penrose - Tabitha - Viola - Zenobia
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