Names are how we identify people we know. Sure, we sometimes use descriptions, but if we are talking to someone who also knows the person, their name is the quickest way to identify them. When we hear some names it immediately causes emotions, like the name Yoda, or even Dumbledore. Then there are the names that can cause fear and hate, Ted Bundy in the real world or Galbatorix in a fantasy world.
So now that I am writing a story of my own I am having trouble naming my characters. I want the names to be something that can be remembered as belonging to my characters if someone wishes to talk about the story with someone else who has read it. I also don’t want the names to distract from the mood of the story, image if the dashing young hero enters the scene and introduces himself as Fred Lipshitks.
For NaNoWriMo I am working on a fantasy story, so this adds the pressure of coming up with names out of the ordinary that still sound like names. I have turned to the help of a couple of name generators, Mithril and Mages being one of my favorites, but was not sure how I felt about getting my names from that kind of source.
So now I am turning to my visitors for help. Do you have a sure fire way of coming up with names for your characters? How about a trusted source for inspiration?
Have you ever written a story and thought you had the best character name ever, only to find out someone else has already published it? Would that stop you from using the name in your story or would you feel the need to change it? That is one of my fears and hope I never have to face that one.
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Until next time…