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.