Naming Characters – Things to Consider #WritingCommunity

Lucy Mitchell

Naming fictional characters is one of those writing activities a non-writer might view as...simple to do. *Sigh* They probably think we pluck a random name out of thin air, sit down to write and bring that newly named fictional person to life.

Ha! If only naming a fictional character was that simple.

This activity is not simple to do. It can take ages to come up with a name that fits your character, their era and the story.

Also, there’s no guarantee you will like the name you have chosen by the end of your drafting process.

Naming a character can cause the writer all sorts of havoc:

  • The amount of time you will spend thinking about the names of imaginary folk will shock you. Some of us can take weeks, even months!
  • If you struggled naming children, pets or toys – you will find choosing names for characters…

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3 thoughts on “Naming Characters – Things to Consider #WritingCommunity

  1. A great share, ladies. I read somewhere that we often give our characters in a book names that start with the same letter of the alphabet. When I thought about it, I realised that Through the Nethergate has a Margaret, Father Muike and Father Merton. Can you believe that?

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