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Finding a good name for that pretty girl or that hideous phantom-thingy.
-Lesson One: A Name
A name is the defining feature of a character and therefore must be considered carefully. You can't just go around your whole story with:
"(insert witty comment here)," said the black-haired dwarf with the scar over his eye.
You need to have a good name, something memorable that fits (unless you're a comedy-fiction writer, I don't think Prince Fuzzy is a good idea for a heroic dragonslayer). For a warrior, you may want to find a name that says 'robust' or 'deadly', and for a beautiful woman, you may well want a feminine name that reminds you of a flower or something almost as pretty as she is. Personally, if I know what kind of character I want, I'll go to my favorite name site, www.20000-names.com and look up names that mean 'wolf' or 'beauty'.
But if you don't know who your character is going to be, just skim 20,000 Names. They have all sorts of sections for dragon anmes, pet names, English names, and I think there's even a few magical name sections. You'll see when you get there. If those don't help, read. If you're still stuck, take a common name, and try adding and taking letters away, or fiddling with the sounds and changing letters out for others that make the same sound to make the name look cooler. Even find certain names and you can trace them to the original form.
Turn Michael (English) into Mikhail (Russian)
Turn Tristan into Trysten, Tristen, Trystan, Tristiyn, etc.
Names that mean 'wolf' (or include it): Beowulf, Aethelwulf, Wulfric, Wolfe, Lupin, Remus, etc.
The name Connie comes from Constance, and means 'flower' Find names that mean the same thing.
Naming is not something to be taken lightly, so be careful and know you can change the name before you get too attached to the original.
Added on February 5, 2011
Last Updated on February 5, 2011