06-15-2007 11:49 PM
06-16-2007 01:15 AM
or can be a name to show strength (Morgan) or weakness (Willy)
can be a name to show social status (Clare) or ethnic group (Shawn)
can be a name to show easy going spirit (Wally) or stern personality (Mr. Thomas).
06-16-2007 05:02 PM
06-17-2007 04:04 AM
I put a lot of thought into the names of the main and supporting characters for my recently published, first novel, SAUDI MATCH POINT. You can read more about the book's characters and plot at this webpage on the publisher's website: (www.blacksmithbooks.com/9628673254.htm).
I used foreign words or biblical references for some of the names, which give perceptive readers clues to the characters' personalities or roles in the story. This technique of putting meanings into names is a kind of literary device that I've disguised in a story, which on the surface reads easily, like pulp fiction.
06-18-2007 12:24 AM - edited 06-18-2007 12:24 AM
Message Edited by midlight21 on 06-18-2007 12:24 AM
06-25-2007 01:35 PM
Yeah, I usually do that. But for some reason none of the names I've looked at fit.
I'm having the same predicament. Nothing fits. I guess you just have to keep looking.
06-25-2007 04:50 PM - edited 06-25-2007 04:53 PM
but overall, don't put too much effort into a name. just run through a list and if you like one, try it. You can always change it. that's why it's your book not somebody else's.
Message Edited by dragonastia on 06-25-2007 04:53 PM
06-28-2007 09:21 PM
But names don't always come so easily. Just look through some magazines, there's plenty of names in there to give thought to. You'll find the perfect name soon enough.
06-28-2007 09:53 PM
If your story sucks, it's probably not going to solve anything to give your characters the perfect names. Comparatively, if the rest of the story is an epic masterpiece, then the names of characters will also not matter so much; although, if you've written an epic masterpiece then you've probably already nailed most of the names as well...
If you are struggling with any part of writing any story, don't let it keep you from writing!! Don't blame Names for any lack of inspiration and perspiration put into your writing!! Write scenes, conflicts, resolutions, anything and everything else that pertains to your story, call your characters Hero, Love Interest, Villain, Protagonist/Antagonist, or A B C D, whatever you need to label them just so you remember who they all are, and WRITE THE STORY!
a cool thing about most word processor software is the EDIT function, specifically the Find/Replace/Replace All function; you can name any character any name, then, if you later decide to change that name, just use the Replace/Replace All function to revise your whole story in one click of the mouse!
but, ya, in general, names shouldn't be holding you back as far as writing a story...
06-28-2007 10:00 PM
Hi, I have a question. I'm working on a novel, but I'm having trouble deciding on the name for the main character. How do you guys come up with the names for your characters? Is it something that you put a lot of thought into or do you think it is not of great importance in the story and just pick one that sounds good?
I just pick a name that I think fits the character's nature and role. Or one that I like, although last names can be hard. Names are just hard for me if it's a foreign character, any advice on that? The nationality that is one of the hardest is French, and I'll list some other later. I find myself mixing names of my favorite authors from that country to come up with a last name, like Hugerne( Hugo and Verne). Or like Chekstoy(Chekhov and Tolstoy).
06-29-2007 01:50 PM
Then make sure your characters don't have similiar names. Readers don't want to constantly ask themselves is Cheryl or Cherry the nice one. Nor, do you the writer want to keep track of which sister is Deborah and which is Diana.
06-30-2007 08:03 AM - edited 06-30-2007 08:05 AM
The takes place in Guangxi, China and spans a decade from China's great famine to the height of the Cultural Revolution. If my first novel, SAUDI MATCH POINT, does well, I may novelize this screenplay (turn it into a novel). One reason I didn't use Chinese names is for ease of reading, and if I had used ones with symbolic Chinese meanings, very few readers would have noticed anyway.
I submitted the script for workshopping through the Internet and got positive feedback about it. As far as I can remember, none of the twenty or so readers commented on the absence of actual names.
Message Edited by Paul_Ulrich on 06-30-2007 05:05 AM
06-30-2007 02:41 PM - edited 06-30-2007 02:42 PM
What is that novel you mentioned, Saudi Match Point. It sounds good.
I have never heard of these work shops where you submit things to them. Tell me more about it.
Just to let you all know, I'm going on vacation for a week so I might respond very quickly(if all until I get back) to any of your posts.
Message Edited by historybuff234 on 06-30-2007 02:42 PM
07-01-2007 10:24 AM
All of these, of course, require you to critique the works of others in return for getting feedback.
As for SAUDI MATCH POINT, you can see a brief summary of the book's premise, a sample from the prologue, and an online ordering form at the publisher's website: blacksmithbooks.com
07-11-2007 08:26 PM
10-30-2007 07:01 PM
May the Force of Fashion Sense be With You!!
06-12-2008 10:57 PM
If we know the way we're gonna die, through all the rest we will survive ~The Academy Is... LAX to O'Hare
06-13-2008 10:08 PM
08-01-2008 01:54 PM
Here are a few suggestions.
-If there is someone you know who is similiar to your character you can use their name. Or if it's in dedication to them you can use there name. If you look at Nicholas Sparks he's used names mostly from his family members (he's used his son Miles name in a few of his works).
-Depending on the time period the story is being written you need to make sure that the name fits that time period. Take Elizabeth for example, it was a very common English name a few hundred years ago. You don't want to use the name Roxanne when your writing a novel based during the early part of the 20th Century (1900's).
-In my story I had no trouble picking my male characters name-Garrett (he's a vampire with a mysterious, sad past) and it just seemed to stick. Plus I've always like the name. However, since he was born about one hundred and eighty years ago he had changed his name from Jonathan to a few other names until you have the modern name Garrett (he did this to hide the fact that he's a vampire and has lived that long.) Now on the other hand, I changed my female's name about three times until I stuck with the one I have now. I started out with Isabella, then went to Emma, and finally chose Natalie. Natalie seemed to fit the character so it's not a bad to start writing something and change the characters name to one that will fit their personality better.