Karalee’s Post #25
I can take an inordinate amount of time choosing their names. It needs to feel right, look right, sound right and say something about who the character is or represents. It can have other meanings as well, such as a reflection of the theme of my book.
And of course there are reasons not to give a character a particular name. It may be because it’s a family name or a friend’s name and you don’t want your book to “be” about that person. With me it’s often because it reminds me of someone with a negative connotation such as a school bully, someone that was selfish, mean, a gossip, a rule breaker, a drug addict, or a myriad of other reasons.
Writing a book takes months if not years and it is a long time to spend with a name that reminds me of someone I dodn’t like, even if my character is someone that is unlikable on purpose. I get satisfaction from putting my own face to a name so-to-speak.
So, how do I decide on a name? I’ve listed a few resources that I’ve used:
- Gender, ethnicity, and meanings of names:
- Flower names that have symbolic meanings. The list is full of terms that can be someone’s name as well as representing the book’s theme.
- Astrological Baby Names:
- Mythology and Astrology Names:
Personality traits can be associated with many other aspects as well:
- Color meanings and personality traits:
- Enneagram of personality traits:
- Zodiac signs:
How do you name your characters?