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March 2, 2011

General Writing: Names

Filed under: General Writing — Tags: , , — ax20 @ 5:41 pm

Choosing your characters’ names can be an important part of your story. Some things to think about:

  • the meaning of your character’s name
  • the gender of your character’s name whether it is gender appropriate, opposite gender, or gender neutral
  • the sound of your character’s name (does it sound rich, poor, common, unusual)
  • the origins of a name (where it comes from, time period)
  • religious associations of a name
  • other associations with the name (famous actors, movie characters, etc)
  • possible nicknames
  • how common a name it is (is it a popular name that many people have or an unusual, rare one?)

A character’s name/nickname can say a lot about their personality, their lifestyle, their parents, their origins. Think carefully before you choose a name, you will be stuck with it for a long time.

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