I'd like to hear from some fellow writers about the following:
How do you choose your characters' names?
I actually spend a fair bit of time on this and just when I think I have it, I change my mind again.
Do you dig through old yearbooks? Look at the phone directory? Use friends/family/neighbours/acquaintances for inspiration about character naming?
Are surnames harder than first names? Do you have diminutives or nicknames for your characters? Do you try not to have too many first names that begin with the same letter? How important are names to your readers? Is it hard to avoid cliches with some names/characters? Finally, is it more of a challenge to come up with ethnic names/names that reflect diversity?
My second manuscript is done - and has been done for a while - but I'm still not 100% happy with the first name of one of the key characters. Sigh...