Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Character Names

I find character names really interesting. I wonder how the author came up w/it, if it just popped into their head, or if they had to search for it, if they changed it from something else, etc. So I thought I'd share some of my character names today (also, I can't come up w/anything more interesting to blog about right now, heh). 


Silence- my first character, from the 1st book I wrote. That book is SO bad, but I hope one day to rewrite it. Which, w/everything else waiting in the wings to be written, I'll probably be fifty. Ugh, that's depressing!


Amity- my second character. I love this name! And as the book she's from is one I'm not willing to just let wither in a drawer, I fully plan on rewriting this one too. This book is probably the book of my heart. And I feel like the rewrite I have in mind will make it so much more. Hoping to get around to it next year, we'll see.


Tam- third character. Funny tidbit, I went to a critique meet-up a few years ago, and one of the other ladies in the group also had a main character named Tam, and both our books opened up on our character's birthday! I've since rewritten my beginning, so that is actually no longer true, but neat coincidence at the time. 


Flannery- fourth character. Also love this name. She's my mule-loving, carriage-driving character. 


Muriel- she's my fifth character. And I will soon be diving into her story as my latest WiP. So excited about this story, guys. I just feel like it has the potential to be awesome-- if I can get it right. Fingers crossed!


Viala- the character from my short story published in the Brave New Girls anthology.


Prina- character from a fairy tale short story adaptation I recently finished. 


Lizette- character from a mg sci-fi short story I'm currently working on.
 
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So those are my main characters. If anyone wants to share some of their character names in the comments, I'd love to read them! 

And if you remember, I mentioned last month we were going ice skating w/the kidlet. And he was excited too (kept going around the house saying 'push, push, glide'. No idea where he got that from...okay, I lied, probably cartoons). He did one complete circle around the rink on the kiddie walker. Then had to go potty, so we did that, got back on the ice and half-way around, he decided he was done. Completely, as in not moving at all, and demanding to be held. Argh, kids! So Dad picked him up and skated him back in and that was all. He then ate two cookies and was perfectly happy to go home! (kid after my own heart...)

31 comments:

  1. I adore this post idea and reading all the character names! You have some awesome ones here :) I love hearing how other authors comes up with character names--it's always an interesting process. Mine just pop into my head, which is sometimes a little creepy when I don't have a clue where it came from.

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    1. So much when it comes to my stories just pop in my head. Writer's have strange heads. ;)

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  2. I love character names! Most of my main characters' names just pop into my head, so I kind of see that as them naming themselves. Glad the kidlet had fun ice skating!

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  3. I have the hardest times picking names. Right now my MCs are Mia and Logan. For my next story, I'm thinking Margo...

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    1. I really like Margo! I've always liked that name, so fun-sounding.

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  4. Main characters names are always easy for me. Secondary characters require a brainstorming session.
    I have a character named Tamsin - close!

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  5. Naming characters is one of my favorite things! I always feel sorry for people who only get to name their children and pets. :)
    Actually, I just found my husband's baby book, and discovered that if he had been a girl, his mother considered naming him "Leandra"!

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    1. Really? How funny! I have only met one other Leandra in my entire 31 years. My dad named me that, but doesn't remember where it came from. Just...outta his head (great, he named me like a writer would!) ;)

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    2. That's pretty neat. I'll bet there's a Saint Leander ... and here he is: http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Saints/saint.aspx?id=1893 Feast day coming up soon on Mar 13th. Celebrate!

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  6. I learned the power of names from TS Eliot and his Jellicle cats :) and it's one of my favorite things to do when I start a new book. I need to know a lot of their history before I begin so that the name fits. In one of my books, the main character was Pari (it means fairy-child) but she was anything but ... and as soon as I realized what the story really was about, she turned into Rebecca (which means bound). So, a lot goes into a name.

    You two look so happy ice skating! Fun times.

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    1. I have a secondary character named Rebecca, but spelled Rebekah. And she's from the book of my heart. =)

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  7. Yay, for the ice skating! That brings back awesome memories. We did many years of ice skating lessons. Neither daughter made a sport of it, but they had fun, and they can competently attend skating parties now.

    I love Silence and Amity and Flannery (although I like that for a boy) and Lizette.

    My current MC is named Holt. It just popped into my head when I planned the story. I have no idea where it came from.

    The names from the book of my heart that has never (yet) gotten published are Evie and her love interest, Hodge. Someday. Traditionally published or self-published, one day they will see the light of day.

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    1. Having fun is always what matters! And I love the names Evie and Hodge together. I'm glad it will someday be out there too!

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  8. Love the skating photo! Your son's getting tired behaviour reminds me of my niece at two. She had a pink Corvette which she pedalled until she was tired. At that point, she refused to even walk. My brother had to carry both her and the car all the way home.

    Dianne S. (above): one of my owl characters was named Holt before he was renamed. Holt means "woods," I think.

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    1. Heh, glad we didn't have to carry a car, lol!

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  9. I've never been brave enough to even try to ice skate! I would have just grabbed the cookies in the beginning and watched.

    Don't worry, being almost fifty isn't all bad. LOL. When I was young, I thought 50 was the start of the downhill slide, but at 46, I'm beginning to see it very differently.

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    1. Glad to hear it! =D I find it hard to believe I'm in my thirties, it goes by so fast. I for sure still feel like I'm nineteen or so. ;)

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  10. I've got way too many main characters going to name them all here. :-D

    The odd thing is that a lot of times, they just tell me their names and that's that. (Yes, my characters speak to me as I write.)

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    1. Well, if they tell you their names, that definitely saves you some frustration on your part! =)

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  11. My daughter did something similar her first time out on the ice. Just, I'm done!

    I like your character names! For my characters, I picked Derek because I wanted a name that started with D because my brother's name started with D (this was back when I was 13 and idolized my big brother). Then Cera, I actually took that from the triceratops from Land Before Time. I just loved the twist on the spelling and decided I wanted to keep it. Then I have a character named Jack who has his own backstory novella typed up on my computer. "If I be born to a name, I nay remembered it. They simply called me Jack, for I best be known for jacking coin purses."

    I have so many characters though. I have to go through the alphabet to find out what I haven't used a lot of yet.

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    1. Ooh, I like Jack's introduction! And Land Before Time, the cause of so many childhood tears, sigh. ;)

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  12. Awww so cute. I was terrified to ice skate when I was a kid. But I finally got the hang of roller skating. It was the 80s--you had to roller skate then!

    You have some majorly creative character names. Very impressive. Mine are just things like Maddie and Piper!

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    1. Maddie is my aunt's name, and I've always liked it. =) And yes, I remember skating was a big thing in the 80s, my dad was super good at it, heh!

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  13. I am reading a book with a character named Tam too--a very minor character though, so no worries. :)

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  14. Nice skating picture. Now that he's been exposed to it, maybe he'll last an extra lap next time around. And your list of names is wonderful. Like others have said, my character names just pop into my head and stick. My daughter and I were watching a rare version of Little Women last night (after seeing other versions several times each) and it's weird, but halfway through, it hit me that Jo's sister Amy has the same name as my character, never once realized it before that moment. Funny how that can happen.

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  15. Those are some cool names! I write mostly flash fiction, so I have used many names, but the latest protagonist's name (utilized earlier today) was Rowan. One of my personal favorites is Kilghael, the protagonist of a novelette I'm working on.

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  16. aaw such a cute pic!! I've only tried ice skating a few times and I am so horrible at it it's not even funny! I love your character's names. I always wonder how people come up with names too. All the names in AFB popped into my head (Lacey, Cynth, Tyler, Kendall, Jordan, Felicia) but for my WIP I've changed the MC names like a zillion times.I finally settled on Chelsea, Jarrod for the love interest, plus Chelsea's little sister is named Karen. But I'm going to be changing all the other names like crazy. I'm not happy with the rest!

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  17. I've never been ice skating. Maybe I'll do it one day. Your character names are very interesting.

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  18. My dear friend with the imagination of a wild stallion! Love you and your creative writing!! It helps me think of something other than the everyday tasks at hand. :) I can not think of any names that would be as good as those! Glad I got on here to see what you guys have been up to lately. :) ~Shanna

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