If you have a character named Rose and need to change it, it’s a simple as using the find and replace function in Word. How do I know this? Because I just changed the names of four characters in my latest WIP (that’s Work In Progress for those of you not fluent in writer-speak.) Is a character’s name important? You betcha!
I love the writerly life. Well, most of the time. But it’s a challenge for me to name characters. Like most writers I know, I have in my writing toolbox a dog-eared copy of The Very Best Baby Name Book in the Whole Wide World. I use it find good first names for my characters. Back in the old days I also had a copy of the White Pages on hand so I could thumb through and find the perfect last name to go with the first name. When’s the last time you saw a copy of the White Pages? Yeah, it’s been a while for me, too. The online version is not the same because you can’t just skim it but have to give it a name to look for. Sigh. Technology is making my job more difficult.