We've talked about naming our characters before, but what about nick names?
Question for you Twilight readers. Did it not drive you INSANE that Edward was ALWAYS Edward. Edward. Freaking. Edward? I mean, I can see that maybe it wouldn't fit to call him Ed or Eddie... but something would have been nice. A pet name? Bella got a nick name... several. Heck, Bella IS her nick name, as was Bells. (Thank goodness EDWARD didn't call her "My Pearl" or something ancient) You get the picture.
I get irritated when authors don't give at least the main characters nick names, especially if their name is super long and I have a hard time pronouncing it in my head in the first place.
But the nick name has to fit.... And that can be a surprisingly hard decision.
In an earlier story I've pretty much shelved, one of my main characters is named Jackson. The first nick name that popped into my head for him was Sonny... (JackSONNY... get it?) which only his ex called him, everyone else called him Jackson. Why didn't it occur to me to call him Jax or Jack?? Don't know. But my beta readers kept asking who "Sonny" was. Nick name did NOT work. Now, I shelved it before I could be happy with an alternative, so it really doesn't matter anymore, but the point is, some nick names don't fit.
What do you think about nick names for your characters? Do you avoid them entirely? Give them to one or two characters? All of them? Ever have a nick name just not cut it?