when/if you write short stories or even novels (like im attempting!) how do you come up with your character names? do you use people from your life or do you let the character develop before giving them a name? I have a few thousand words written for a story and just can't think of good character names. Any suggestions on names or how to come up with them would be appreciated thanks!
I was just writing one and came up with the same problem.... Actually I was at the point of completing my story and I felt that the name did not fit the character... so I went to the list of baby names on Google search and picked up the one's I liked... Hope that gives you an idea.. Have fun!
lol sofs i was doing the same thing last night, i decided the characters would be around my age, so i went to popular baby names in 1987 (the year i was born) i started to pick ones i liked but none seem to fit the characters, at least yet, thanks for the suggestion though and good luck finding your character's name!
For me, every character that I have ever created was based on a real person from my life. s/he could have been someone from when I was a kid or the person I met at the coffee shop last week. I give them a personality first and once they have that the names just fit into place.
For me, when the idea for the story forms so do the characters. The names are usually based on the personality of the character. The names usually just come to me then.
A good way to select your characters names is to write an outline of each character and their personalities, then choose the name. For example, you know a Brad would probably be someone sexy. A Sarah would be someone beautiful but simple, a hidden beauty with kind heart.
If you need help just let me know.
I pick names that have a mythic or etmoylogical meaning that resonates. It can't be obvious, if it's set in the modern world, but for an example you all know, Remus was reared by a wolf, yet in more recent years has picked up more humble connotations because of uncle Remus, whereas Lupin is how the British pronounce the name of a flower, making it a good name for a gentle soul, yet it is also derived from the Latin for wolf. That was a great name-choice!
Then agian, I've always admired the Tolkien school of naming, inventing whole languages with etymological histories, naming his characters with them, and then trusting that even if you don't know the Ar- prefix means royal, you'll still think the names Arwen and Aragorn "sound right." They sound like they're from the same world. Whereas the Rohirrim, using old English roots for their names, sound like a different culture because the very names they use are different.
Obviously, for stories set in the modern world, that approach would be ludicrous, but it just shows how important names are. Tolkien started with the names and language and created a world and stories to give them context.
by MICKEY MOUSE 15 months ago
I thought it will be a good idea if Hubpages can start a sister page dedicated for people who are passionate about writing short stories and novels. A lot can happen in stories. It is full of imagination and dreams.
by Billie Kelpin 3 years ago
"Show" vs "Tell" in short stories and novels: What are some famous writings that do each?It is the concensus of writing workshops that short stories and novels should "show" and NOT "tell". Are there some famous works that predominently...
by Michelle Liew 5 years ago
What is your way for deriving inspiration for short stories?
by dazzledonut 7 years ago
Can a hub be a work of fiction? i.e. short stories or novels?
by Aniket Lawand 11 months ago
I want to publish short stories how do I go about it?
by Kyriakos Chalkopoulos 2 months ago
Hi! I thought of asking how many other people are in the same - rather difficult! - position, of struggling with words and taking journeys in their imagination so as to create nice new stories... I work as seminar lecturer and translator, but my works of fiction are by far more important for...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|