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Title: Capitalizing a prefixed name
Post by: David Wright on October 01, 2014, 04:55 PM
Okay, stupid question of the day.

I have a character who isn't named for a long time. Early on she disguises herself as a secondary character named Violet for a bit, so she's referred to as not-Violet for a long time.

Now I know prefixes aren't usually capitalized (e.g. pro-Canadian), but since the 'not' is the start of her nickname I'm thinking I have to write it as Not-Violet (even though I prefer the other form). Or does it matter?

Dave
Title: Re: Capitalizing a prefixed name
Post by: JodyJS on October 01, 2014, 05:05 PM
Didn't your mother ever tell you there are no stupid questions, David? :)

Honestly, I think you can do it however you like. It's your book, after all.

I've seen characters with names that are never capitalized.

I say go with your gut!
Title: Re: Capitalizing a prefixed name
Post by: Larissa on October 01, 2014, 05:40 PM
I think I'd do it the way you prefer. I don't think it'd make or break the book, and if an editor wants it the other way, she/he'll tell you so. :)
Title: Re: Capitalizing a prefixed name
Post by: JFriday on October 01, 2014, 05:40 PM
Like Jody said, you can do whatever you want and it's fine. But I vote for not-Violet. It just feels better.
Title: Re: Capitalizing a prefixed name
Post by: David Wright on October 02, 2014, 11:09 AM
Thanks :)
Title: Re: Capitalizing a prefixed name
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on October 06, 2014, 08:06 AM
To me, capitalizing not makes it equally as important as Violet. It sends a visual message. Just something to think about as you decide.