Hey, we’re officially halfway through our A-Z series already! I hope you’re still having fun, because I am.
Today we’re talking character names. Naming a character seems like it should be easy, but sometimes it takes a lot of Google searching and resulting ads for baby stuff because the interwebs decided that searching for names on a baby naming site = you’re expecting.
Settle down, interwebs. Only book babies are happening here.
I’m sure authors have their own procedures for naming characters. Mine is sometimes a little involved. I want to make sure the name I need is appropriate for the time period, so I have to search popular names from whenever the character would have been born and scan lists. I want the name to be unique and memorable but not unpronounceable. I used to have “name dice” on my phone to help when I got stuck – I usually imagine the character and create a personality before the name happens. So I rolled until one “felt” right.
Fantasy authors have to be more creative, I suspect. In creating whole new worlds on other planets or in different timelines, they can’t exactly name their hero “George.” It makes me think of those silly formulas on Facebook that you can use to find your Star Wars name or whatever (mine is Maral Wrlak). But in real life, as I’m not a fantasy author, I have no idea how they go about creating names from thin air.
So in the interest of learning, I end this brief post with two questions: How do you go about naming your characters?
What’s your Star Wars name?