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3 Tips to Naming Your Characters When You Don’t Know How to

Are you struggling to find the name that just fits for your characters? Well, look no further than here! Today I’m going to be sharing with you guys 3 tips to help you correctly name your characters.

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1. Make Sure No Character Names Begin With the Same First, Second, or Third Initials

We’ll start off with this simple rule: No character names should begin with the same first initial.

Why? because I said so, duh

Well, to answer simply, it’s this: Readers can’t keep track of character’s who have the same first initials as each other.

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I knowIknowIknow, that makes us bookwyrms sound super lazy, but it’s actually true. It’s hard enough as it is remembering all those characters, but when characters end up having the same first initial as each other…ittt’s too much.

To add further to rule, there shouldn’t be any names which begin with the same first, second, or third initials. 

 

  • TIP: If you’re dead-set on two names that sound really similar but you don’t want to part with them, give them some really good, completely opposite nicknames.

 

2. Search Until It Clicks

I don’t know if this is just me, but I search for character names until it just slides into place and clicks.

Until it’s perfect.

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If you’ve ever felt this way, you know exactly what I’m talking about! I definitely encourage you all to aim for that feeling when deciding your character’s name. After all, you’re going to be spending a loooottt of time with those names. (It’s also gunna grow on you reallyyyy fast, so, fair warning? Choose wisely).

 

3. To Add More Depth…

Here’s something super neat to try: Look up what your character’s name’s mean.

I know that might sound a little weird, but seriously, just try it. Fly over to Google, and  type in, “What does the name *fill in character’s name* mean?” and usually they’ll give you one to three descriptions of the meaning of the name, and sometimes some history/origin behind the name as well. 

 

Now, here’s another scenario. Let’s say you know that your antagonist character is a girl villain. You know that she’s angry, reckless, and cunning.

Buttttt you have no name for her.

So, all you have to do is pop over to Google and search: “Girl names that mean ‘evil'”.

And BOOM, you’ll get a website that has girl names that have evil meanings, or mean evil, in alphabetical order. 

You’re welcome. *bows*

 

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None of these tips are set in stone, but they’re definitely going to help readers easily read your books without worrying about having to remember everything. Screen Shot 2019-02-10 at 2.39.03 PM

ALSO, guys, the survey results have spoken! I’m going to tally things up with a one question, 30 second poll.

(Also, whoever asked for free chocolate in my survey…kudos to you *tips hat and then golf claps* I think I know who you are by the way hehehe)

In answers to my survey from last week, writing advice won by a long run, so I’m sorry desktop backgrounds, you’re about to get booted out.

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Thanks for reading!

Mary

 

 

 

 

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13 thoughts on “3 Tips to Naming Your Characters When You Don’t Know How to”

  1. I always struggle with naming characters. As I’m writng fantasy, I tend to go with what sounds like a fantasy name and most of them don’t have a meaning. I’Ve also tried to keep the names from not beginning with the same letters too much, though it’s not easy once you go over 20 characters (as not every letter is equally good to be first), more so over 40.
    There is one intentional similarity in names: the MC and his long-dead ancestor (because he’s obviously named after that ancestor and said ancestor is only mentioned at the end so they should not confuse the reader).

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    1. That’s true, a lot of fantasy names can end up with no meaning at all. I think maybe the flowery-ness of the names probably makes up for that, though.
      Wow, yes, that’s definitely true, you’ll definitely end up with some same beginning initials with over 40 characters.
      And yeah, that’s a really good point! Being named after an ancestor is a good excuse for having the names be intentionally the same.

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  2. Great tips!
    Finding the right name is essential. It is sooo frustrating to be searching and searching and never find it. The Emperors New Groove gif captures perfectly the satisfaction when I stumble upon THE name I was needing all along. Mmm. Yes. That fits. xD

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  3. Ah! Thank you for doing this post! YAY I use this a lot, but hearing from you makes it like, 10 times better.
    So, whenever you where talking about the evil character names this was going through my head:

    Mom: Why are you searching up names that mean evil?
    Me: For a book character.
    Mom: Why do you have evil book characters?
    Me: Because it makes the book worth reading.
    Mom: *facepalm*

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    1. No problem! Haha that’s awesome!
      Hahhahahha that’s hilarious 😂 So true, though. Sometimes it can be awkward when you’re searching up things, like, ‘can you die from this wound?’ or something and then someone sort of oddly stares at your computer screen…😂

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    1. Agh I know right!? Honestly I have no idea, but I definitely know that it’s sooo rewarding when you finally find the right one.
      Thank you Chalice! I’m glad they could help! 😄

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