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June 9th, 2013 04:01 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 05:02 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.[FONT=Times New Roman]
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June 9th, 2013 05:29 AM #5The 3 Princesses in my life...
June 9th, 2013 09:39 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 02:02 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.Expecting Our First.....
DH doesn't want to discuss names until
we know if it's a boy or girl. GRRRRR ARGH!