Writers sometimes forget that the names we choose for our characters can affect the story. While character names aren’t as critical as components like plot, we shouldn’t just pull them out of a hat without any consideration. Avoid trying to be cute or clever because, in most cases, it has the opposite effect. For example, family names that sound the same but are spelled differently, while we may think it’s amusing, are not recommended. These create confusion for the reader. Naming a woman Jeanne and her husband Jean, is a definite no-no. When rewriting, we should examine the names we’ve chosen and look for a few common errors.