What’s in a Name?


Last night I was speaking to a friend of mine about how I choose the names my characters. She, too, is a writer and is having some difficulty with what to call the protagonist in one of her stories. She thought she had picked a name she liked, but later realized that she was wrong. She even went so far as to say the name annoys her. And she wanted to know what she could do about it.

I told her my process. It’s actually pretty simple one, I think. Though it does involve a little trial and error.

I write until I come upon the name that feels right.
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5 Things Jack Burton Said to Get You Through Anything Life Throws Your Way

Ever since I watched it all those years ago, I have loved John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China. As a kid, I’m sure that it was the action scenes that spoke to me the most. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found myself enjoying the wisdom that came out of Jack Burton’s mouth. And, on more than one occasion, I’ve wondered what he would do in my shoes.


So here are the five things that Jack Burton said to get you through anything life throws your way:

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