Writing Can Be Murder

February 5, 2007

“S” names

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 6:33 pm

Do yourself a favor. Never give your characters names that end with the letter “s”.

Otherwise you find yourself stumbling over phrases like “Mr. Jones’s suitcase”.

This lesson I have learned by giving not one, but two characters in my WIP names that end in “s”

 s-s-so long!



  1. “I’m hissing and fizzing like snakes!”

    That line woke me up at 3:37 a.m.


    Comment by jenniferelbaum — February 6, 2007 @ 8:40 am

  2. Once I learned that you can’t just tack an apostrophe on the end of a possessive S name – This is Jonas’ book — I tried to stop using them just because I thought s’s looked awkward. I feel bad for all those S names I’ve passed up since then, but as anyone in the entertainment industry can tell you, looks do matter. Sad but true.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — February 7, 2007 @ 8:39 am

  3. But I love my names…

    Note to self: replace every s name with Tom or Bob

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — February 7, 2007 @ 10:26 am

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