I'm entering a short story writing competition and I'm really stuck on which name to settle on for my heroine. I'm basically just trying to decide between surnames, although any suggestions are welcome! So far I have: ~Rosamund (Rose) Wood - yeah, I know there's a pun there and it was kind of deliberate. I just can't tell if it's the good or the bad kind, I don't generally let people know what I'm writing. ~Rosamund (Rose) Drake ~Rose North I really struggle when it comes to dishing out names to my characters. I can imagine them in my head and I'm really satisfied with the person I've come up with, but then my stupid brain gives them a name that belongs in a purple prose :redface: That said, I'm fairly happy with my shortlist above. The second part of my question is about who I should base the 'villain' on. I say 'villain' because he's more the kind of bloke you can hate and love at the same time and has a tendency to coerce some innocent, young, thing into bed. I quite like to base my characters on real people as (for some reason) it just seems to help with the flow of the story since I have a real life grounding I can always refer back to and I don't get my characters too mixed up . . . yeah. I'm bonkers Can I just stress that the character is only based upon these people. I generally just use them for basing appearances and occasionally mannerisms Anyway, who do you think would make a more imposing, threatening villain? David Boreanaz, Bradley Cooper or Richard Armitage? I know this may seem like a bit of a looney question, but it genuinely helps when I have writers block to throw a DVD on, get a feel for what I'm basing my character on, and then - crack on! Thanks a lot!