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  1. #1
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    MC Discussion

    I don't know about you, but naming my number one main character is the hardest thing to do. It often takes me a while, sometimes a whole month or two before I can find that perfect name. And the villain is next.

    But what I want to know is how you come up with your MC's name and how you go about finding it.
    Athena Nephele | Elowen Yvaine | Odelle Circe | Liesel Adeline
    Eve Astoria | Ottavia Primrose | Iris Honora | Rhea Eluned | Leda Ione | Peta Winifred
    Rosamund Saoirse | Emilia Mireille | Delphine Morgana | Valentine Juniper

    Alaric Orion | August Benedict | Lincoln Eleazar | Remus Olivier
    Thomas Etienne | Samson Beau | Edmund Abraham | Raphael Sebastian | Nikolai Dieter
    Henry Shepherd | Ezra Phineas | Julian Felix | Cyrus Leonardo | Maxim Dimitri

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    I find a picture of someone that looks similar to my main character, and think about how I would name that person in the picture. Once I come up with a few, I think about the personality of my MC and then see which of the names match the best. If that doesn't work, I just find another picture and the process repeats!
    ~inside this collegeberry's mind ~
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    (updated 6/26/15)
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    Reconstructing with the input of a loving Norwegian boyfriend
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    ♀ ~ Alice Cordelia ~ Aurora Seraphina ~ Cassia Elizabeth* ~ Genevieve Astrid ~ Juliet Sunniva* ~

    ♂ ~ Benjamin Axel ~ Jack Sebastian ~ Ronan Oliver ~

    * = Still thinking about and considering other middle names
    (I'm using the 3 syllable pronunciation of Cassia)

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    The names usually just come to me. Occasionally I'll go and read a few lists on Behind the Name and see if anything leaps out at me. I recently had another idea for a book, I was searching for the main characters name when I came across Eckhard. It means 'edge' which is perfect for the story so I decided to use that as a surname. Then I was discussing the names I'd made up for my world and in telling her about the new story she suggested Eli as a name. I'd been thinking about how I didn't currently have a twist on William and then - like lightning- Elliam Eckhard was born.

    Basically I don't put a lot of fuss or faff into it. I just let the names come to me or I go in search of them.
    ~Boys~

    ★ August Eli Benedict ★ Bram ★ Casimir Mordecai ★ Edmond John Meirion ★ Gillon ★
    ★ Jory Leander ★ Julian Charles ★ Macsen ★ Magnus ★ Vasiliy ★


    ~Girls~

    ★ Aira Rose ★ Arietta ★ Clover ★ Delphina ★ Eleni ★ Fiorella ★ Hester Isobel ★
    ★ Iris ★ Lilah ★ Merit ★ Sylvia ★


    Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.

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    When I write (which is not very often), I will usually ask my younger sister to give me a random list of 50 names she thought of, and then I will pick a few off that list and give some different diminutives and alternatives for each name I picked. Then I will think about if the names match the main character, and then I'll go on Nameberry. Which seems like a lot of work for a one-page short story I'm just going to stick in the paper shredder later.
    Catalina: Seventeen, Volleyball, Geography

    Girls: Angeline || Augusta || Bryony || Caroline || Elizabeth || Genevieve || Katherine || Rosemary
    Boys: Adrian || Benjamin || Bennett || Elliott || Everett || Levi || Nathaniel || Soren || Zachary

  5. #9
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    I actually come up with a name and THEN fit a personality around the name. I come up with the name by looking on Nameberry and finding a name that I would want to read about. It's quite simple actually.
    Erin (Writer, Nerdfighter, Ravenclaw; Not expecting, just collecting)
    (Adelaide, Betty, Cassia, Georgia, Ocean, Violet)
    (Asher, Gabriel, Josiah, Oakley, Rowan, Wayland)

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