Nicknames are fun — I was once told I could be given the nickname of “Running Ulcer” because of walking quickly (in high school) and worrying a lot.
Most likely, some characters are given nicknames by the author. If you’re a reader, what nicknames might you give to some of your favorite characters? And if you’re a writer, what nicknames might you give to your own characters? (This is an especially useful tool for writers to really get into the world of their characters.)
Really quirky or eccentric characters would likely get the most interesting nicknames. Ebeneezer Scrooge, for example, could be “Cheapskate,” “Coldheart” or “Bah-Humbug Breath.” King Arthur could be “Master of Excalibur.”
Ebeneezer Scrooge could be “Cheapskate,” “Coldheart” or “Bah-Humbug Breath.”
Not all people automatically have nicknames (nor should they), so the fact that we may be inclined to nickname certain characters may show the power of the characters themselves.
Nicknaming Characters Really Makes You Think
If you’re inclined to nickname a favorite character, that’s one thing. For authors, however, the exercise of nicknaming characters is not always easy. For example, in trying to name some of my own short story characters, the only obvious one was “Tomb-Singer” for Mark in “Revvel’s Tomb” (though other nicknames for him are certainly possible, some of them being rather macabre).
Some people who may bother to nickname characters might be given the nickname of “Bookworm” — but then again, that’s not really a bad thing. 🙂