Monday on Twitter, Movellas tweeted a fascinating question: how do you come up with names for your characters? We retweeted, and got a load of interesting responses. So in case you missed it (or you want to just file these away to have while you’re writing), here’s a run-down of the suggestions:
Maria Louise J (@MLJDK):Sometimes I look through pages with babynames. It’s a good thing, if your character is spanish for example. 😉
Sophiesimplson (@screamsSkl): I think of names I really like and how they fit their characters. e.g: a bad boy- bad boy Darren/zak. good boy-antony
Matt Hutchinson (@matthwrites): I use English place names as surnames if I get stuck. Obscure ones though – I haven’t called anyone Jeff Wigan (yet)
Lou Morgan (@LouMorgan): I hung onto the baby names book I bought when I was pregnant!
Jesselle Villegas (@Villegas): I browse school yearbooks for names. 🙂
Judith Heneghan (@JudithHeneghan): I borrow them from librarians – they always have interesting names and they wear handy name badges…
Kim Curran (@KimeCurran): I steal them off gravestones and dedications on park benches.
Non Pratt (@catnipbooks): check top names lists for the year my character was born relative to the one I imagine I’ll finish writing the book.
Mark Thornton (@mostlybooksmark): Think of first names and last names from your favourite books, then mash up first names and surnames…
Cethan Leahy (@CethanLeahy): I usually steal the first name from books and films I like.
James Dawson (@_jamesdawson): Best tip I heard was names of British monarchs or their spouses – they never date.
Laure Eve (@LaureEve): Tend to use something that shouldn’t be a name as a name, i.e. objects, colours, feelings, places. Or I homage.
John Fulton (@johnkfulton): If you use Scrivener, it has a built-in character name generator.
Any other tips we should add to the list? Write them below in the comments!