Characters- Are the names of your characters in your novels important? What about the titles of your stories
Of course names are important. Especially when you write historical novels. Hero and Heroines' names have to fit the era. You wouldn't usually find a Shiniquewa in the old west, or even in jolly old England. Imagine reading about cowboys and having a hero named Shaquille O'Neal gallop by. Names need to be pertinent to what you write. Dukes and Duchesses need regal sounding names, not monikers like Billy Bob or John Boy. :)
I would imagine Fantasy might give you more leeway. For instance, in my "Tooth Fairy Wisdom," I developed characters with names that have "toothy" appeal. Dentinia is the world they live in, Molnaria is one of the fairies...I think you get the idea. Here you can sort of use imagination.
For short stories, the same holds true. Anything you write, even though fictional, you want to at least have believable characters with names that fit the time period.
I'm very lucky in that most of my characters come to me already named and with a title for their book or story. But yes, character names are very important no matter whether you write full-length novels or short stories.
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