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July 7th, 2012 06:39 PM #1
How do you choose your characters' names?
When I write, knowing a character's name is important for me, it helps them to take shape in my head. It helps create who they really are. If I don't know their name or if it doesn't fit then it bugs me until I get it right.
Usually for me the characters come to me named, but if I'm looking for a name for a character I flip through a book or a site, write down the names I like, and try them out. I have to say them, sign them, feel them, before I can decide. For example in the novel I'm revising Serendipity and Alliana came to me just as they are, with the nicknames Dip and Alli, but a minor character who becomes important later, Ashley, took forever to name. Simple name, it just felt right for a traitor. Which is not to say anything bad about any Ashleys I know.
How do you name your characters?Plenty of novel babies but no real ones for a few more years.
Currently loving on:
Siobhan, Eleanor, Catherine, Bridget, Lenore, Matilda, Adelaide, Cosima, Genevieve
Arthur, William, Percival, Spencer, Henry, Felix, Nathaniel, Gatsby, Holden, Miles
Fur baby: Roger
July 7th, 2012 07:23 PM #3
Normally I come up with a story and each character has a personality, then I look for a name that fits that characters personality as well as their appearance. Sometimes I try to find a name by searching for a meaning, so if I want a peaceful character, I look for a name that means or relates to peace. Other times the names just come to me. It also depends on the era/genre the story is written.
I normally don't have any problems finding names since I have a huge list and I make a list for each story that I think the names fit in. Then I pick from that list as I come up with characters. Usually for minor characters I just pick random names since they are minor. I spend a little more time on the major characters.
July 7th, 2012 09:02 PM #5Member
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I have a notebook full of names which I've heard or seen and liked. When I have a new character I usually just flip through it. I also spend a lot of time on NameBerry asking for help with my characters. I have the same problem as you, I have to have a character's name before I even think about writing them. I had that problem recently with my MC's future baby. I'm still a very, very long time away from actually mentioning the baby but I still have to have his name ready. I finally settled on Charlie Snowden after a list of about 20 names!Alice O'Dea, Simona Valentine, Link North, Eli Deacon, Benny Snowden
My own characters!
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July 7th, 2012 09:23 PM #7
It depends on what I'm writing--genre and requirements.
I usually just pick something that feels okay to be getting on with. Then as I get to know the characters I reassess.
I definitely keep lists of names I like, especially for villains or apathetic characters since I tend not to naturally love their names.Livy/Lucy : Geneva/Gwen : Coralie/Alice : Noelle/Eve
Eli/Bennett : Jude/Zane: Luke/Leo : Levi/Phineas
July 7th, 2012 10:14 PM #9Senior Member
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I've compiled a list of names that I like (and a few I don't, for mean/snooty characters). But it usually takes me a while and a bit of searching before I come across the right name for a character.I'm Erin, a teenaged writer who loves names (and dessert).
Girls names of the moment: Delaney | Eleanor | Georgia | Kate | Lucy
Boys names of the moment: Felix | Harry | Liam | Theo | Tobias