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What’s in a name? Choosing a Name for Your Fictional Character

N is for Name

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ~ William Shakespeare…

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By Any Other Name: Why What You Call Your Characters Really Matters

You’re browsing in a bookshop and you pick up a new novel by a writer you haven’t seen before. You turn it over, read the blurb, and discover that the main character’s name is Joe Malone. 993 more words


A Close Shave

Now that’s a first.

A novelist friend was complaining about the names she’d picked for her characters (they’re historical ethnic names, and have several diacritical marks). 175 more words


The Writer's Trojan Horse

On the last day before the big “Lion & Steed” Book Two push begins, I have enjoyed a fine dabble into 18th century English names.  There were certainly some beauties, such as… 297 more words


Camp NaNoWriMo - Ninth Update

A whopping 3k words in yesterday!  I hope to repeat that performance today, and get down as many words as I can to catch up.  Things are looking bright though– I still just need only about 2.5k a day to reach goal on time, but the extra words certainly won’t go wrong! 75 more words


Naming my children was easier than naming this character!

And that’s saying a lot!

My first daughter was easy to name; if there is any positive to having fertility issues, it’s that it gives you plenty of time to perfect the name you will bestow on  your first-born. 556 more words

Baby Names

the YA baby name book, part 1

Over the years, it seems that names in YA books have devolved into strangeness.  There is almost always a moment where I have to stop and wonder, “How do you pronounce this?”  Of course, baby names have been growing stranger and stranger in the real world as well. 911 more words