Character Names

Ok, I have some rare writing time for myself right now (to start YA Frenzy) and I'm writing a post instead. Do you feel the love?

I was thinking today about character names and how writers come up with them. It seems like most writers like to sneak a peek into how other writers do things, so I thought I'd share how I do it.

Actually, I don't have much of a process, so I hope I'm not getting your hopes up too high. My big trick is to flip through a baby names book. I usually know what letter the name should start with. Sometimes I go by meaning of the name, but I mostly just keep scrolling until I find something that I positively know fits my characters.

Last names can be tough. A great place to search out surnames is a cemetary. Where I usually go though is here for my surnames. Like first names, I have an idea of what letter I want it to start with and just search until I find something I like.

Naming my characters is one of my favorite parts of beginning a new story. What's your character naming process?
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Character Names

Ok, I have some rare writing time for myself right now (to start YA Frenzy) and I'm writing a post instead. Do you feel the love?

I was thinking today about character names and how writers come up with them. It seems like most writers like to sneak a peek into how other writers do things, so I thought I'd share how I do it.

Actually, I don't have much of a process, so I hope I'm not getting your hopes up too high. My big trick is to flip through a baby names book. I usually know what letter the name should start with. Sometimes I go by meaning of the name, but I mostly just keep scrolling until I find something that I positively know fits my characters.

Last names can be tough. A great place to search out surnames is a cemetary. Where I usually go though is here for my surnames. Like first names, I have an idea of what letter I want it to start with and just search until I find something I like.

Naming my characters is one of my favorite parts of beginning a new story. What's your character naming process?
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