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    Renaming a character help!

    I've been writing a book/novella, and there are seven main characters (it's a lot, I know): Jaz, Ezra, Mina, Basil, Harvey, Perry, and Pascal. My main character is Jaz, who's a girl. But recently, I've been feeling less and less confident about the choice of the name 'Jaz'. She just doesn't really feel like a Jaz, and with that name, I can't get a clear picture of her in my mind. This is pretty late in the game to make a big change like this- I'm 32 Microsoft Word pages into the book, and I only want to make all the change once.
    Right now, she's tough and responsible, pretty uptight. She's responsible for taking care of the other kids, and since Perry and Pascal are the youngest, at age 10, they're like a little sister and brother to her. She's the leader. She takes care of everyone, and generally puts them first. When she does let her guard down and relaxes and lets herself have fun, she can be pretty easygoing and in for a laugh. She's kind and smart, but because she's responsible for everyone, she can be a bit of a worrier.
    I think physical attributes play a huge part in the feel and naming of a character, and right now I'm bouncing between two different physiques which both work for the character:
    1) slight, small, very curly dirty blonde and brown hair, tan, with brown eyes
    2) average size, red hair, pale, sage green-grey eyes
    I'm considering the names Emily and Natalie right now, but they're not clicking as well as I'd like. They're a little too "heard of", for lack of a better term, for the character. I adore the names, but they don't seem to fit in with names like Pascal and Ezra and Basil.
    My issue with the name Jaz, while, awesome, is that it doesn't offer much depth and the only full name I can find for Jaz on a girl is Jasmine, which isn't a favorite of mine.
    I'm looking for something that isn't frilly, that isn't too "sweet" sounding, and isn't too childish or too business-woman. For example, I can't really envision her as a Nancy or an Ellie.

    Usually, I'm much more organized than this, and I realize that this isn't really much to go on, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you so much!

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    miranda, writer
    history enthusiast/buff and self-proclaimed fangirl


    rafael • adrian • emmett • aaron • jared
    raynor • niccolo • richard • philip • frederick • james


    ingrid • sybil • evelyn • amalia • cosima
    helena • leonor • blanche • florence • arbella • freja

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    I always see Andrea as a strong yet feminine name; it has a very classic feel to it, while still having that tomboy aspect with the nickname Andy or maybe Dre.

    Frances
    Livie
    Lydia
    Nicole
    Talia/Thalia
    Matilda
    Quinn
    Jordana
    Marcy
    Macie

    I also prefer the red-headed version; it has that shy, kind feeling to it with enough spunk and strength to be a leader.
    I'm not feeling incredibly profound at the moment. Check back later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sophluella View Post
    This is pretty late in the game to make a big change like this- I'm 32 Microsoft Word pages into the book, and I only want to make all the change once.
    Just wanted to check; do you know about the 'replace word' function in Word? Saves you sifting through and changing the name yourself.
    ~Boys~

    Jory Leander Atticus, August Eli Benedict, Casimir Mordecai Stewart,
    Edmond John Meirion, Horatio Ethell Emery, Bram William Jasper,
    Julian Remy Charles, Vasiliy Lochlan Michael.


    ~Girls~

    Aira Rose ___, Eleni Fiorella Charlotte, Sylvia Sayuri Noor,
    Merit Eleanora Adelaide, Clover Elodie Seraphine, Bridie Scarlett Viola,
    Marguerite Cecilia Iris, Eilidh Clara Valentine.


    Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renrose View Post
    Just wanted to check; do you know about the 'replace word' function in Word? Saves you sifting through and changing the name yourself.
    ^This saved my life 70 pages into my most complete project. I've used it more times than I care to admit. I also use it to fix apostrophes when I copy-paste... (I like curly ones, not straight ones)
    I'm not feeling incredibly profound at the moment. Check back later.

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