One of the most frustrating things I’m facing in my writing journey is naming my characters. I want the names to fit the character. Some times it comes to me quickly during my outlining stages. At other times, I’m frustrated. The perfect name doesn’t want to come to me. I think this happens when I’m trying to write the story quicker than my brain wants to process.
In any event, here is a link to a blog with five tips for picking names. They are really good pointers to keep in mind:
Here is a slightly different take on naming that is entertaining to read. This one uses some great examples to emphasise important points and perhaps some inspiration can be gleaned:
Finally, Writing World offers these tips. I particularly like the one about not using names that end in S. Also, there are some good points about considering how your character might translate on the back cover.
This last article also spells out some differences in naming in genre stories. I think that is important. I tend to write dark fantasy or urban fantasy and some of it is futuristic. You can have a lot more leeway in naming, but if the name is too far out, it isn’t effective within the story. There is a purpose to a name and whether the story is in modern-day real life setting or a futuristic alternate universe or another planet, it has to work in the story.
Ultimately, I want a name that fits the character, flows well, doesn’t end in S, and is just otherwise perfect for the story.
Yeah… easier said than done. Time to put on my thinking cap and get creative.
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Sometimes I struggle with names as well. I’m currently writing a short story and the names just popped, but that is the rare case. Usually I write a full bio before naming them. I hope those links help!
Creating a full bio is a fab idea! Once you know who the character is, it makes it easier to name. Thanks for the comments!
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