In fiction, there is a great difference between great characters and great names. Great characters inspire me to write. Great names are poetic and romantic. They inspire me to write real great.
There are dozens and dozens of great fictional names (here’s a hundred examples). But there are only a few daring names; magical names that drive you to embrace that character. Dancing names that twinkle and leave you breathless. Thrilling and creative names that make me wish I had given my kids such a name. Here are the only three that have really captured me so far. Every time I see/hear one of them, my thoughts stop and my dream light lights me up.
My favorite fictional names.
- Lightfoot McLendon, Cold Sassy Tree, by Olive Ann Burns, 1984
- Cat Dancing, The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, by Marilyn Durham, 1972
- Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote, 1958
All women, by the way.
How about you? Do you have a favorite fictional name? And why that name?