Can you believe it? My first ever guest post!!
Keep it cool, Ari.
Hey there *awkward, excited wave*. I’m Ari D., but you can just call me Ari. I’m the author of Ari D. Original where I post writing tips, book recommendations, and updates on the story I’m writing, In Wildcat Hollow.
Anyway, today I will be showing you some of my favorite ways to name characters. I hope you enjoy!
1. Names That Fit The Setting
Setting is very, very, VERY important in stories. I can not stress it enough how much setting affects a story.
The setting consists of 2 aspects: the time period it takes place in and the area it takes place in.
When choosing a story that has a particular setting, you may want to name your characters popular names from that time period/place. This helps in the authenticity of the story.
For example, my story, In Wildcat Hollow, takes place in the 1930s and 1940s. Therefore, my minor characters’ names are names that I found on records of popular names in the ’30s and ’40s. Some of them are in the ‘Top 10 Baby Names of the 1930s” list, and some of them are names that have been around for hundreds of years.
If you are using the setting to choose character names, you can either search for popular names in the time period, in the specific area, or both if you want to!
2. Names That Have Meaning
This is one of my favorite ways to name my characters! All of my main characters in every story I’ve written have names that have meaning.
When choosing what I want the meaning to be behind the name, I think about the character’s personality or the character’s arc. If the character is stubborn and hot-tempered, I might choose a name that means “fiery.” If the character goes through a massive self-worth arc, I might choose a name that means “beautiful” or “blessing.”
In my story, all of my characters are based off of real people (head over to my blog for more information on that). I didn’t want them to have their real names, but I also didn’t want to choose a random name. So I looked up the meanings of their real names and then searched for other names with the same meaning.
3. When All Else Fails
When all else fails . . . use a search engine. 😉
Honestly, this has saved me a couple of times. If I’m completely out of ideas for names, I’ll use a name generator. Usually I’ll end up using the name as a placeholder until I find a more suitable name, but sometimes the names stick for the entire story.
And that’s all for today! I hope you enjoyed it, learned something, or at least weren’t totally bored by it. If you liked what you saw and want to see more, head over to my blog. 🙂
Lastly, thank you, Mary, for allowing me to guest post! It is a huge, huge, HUGE honor and I could not be more thrilled to do this!
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