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Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:10 pm Post
auxbuss wrote:I suspect everyone does this differently, so hopefully you’ll get an assortment of replies.
The “fit” of character names is important to me too. Sometimes, I don’t know whether a name is going to work out until late in the story. So, I pick one, then move on. It’s not worth getting blocked by it. That would be a problem. I listen to my inner voice on this, because sometimes the annoyance isn’t glaring; just a niggle.
Short names work best for me – the same when I’m reading. I avoid surnames unless the story requires them, which immediately halves the problem \o/
In my writing notes, I have a section where I same names that I see or pop into my head, so I’ve a pool of names to rummage around in as a starting point at any time.
Finally, there are a few websites that might help. Randomly:
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“The book didn’t work with names. It lost power and atmosphere and turned into a lesser – or perhaps just a different – book. In the early days I tried out names a few times, but the book wouldn’t stand for it. The narrative would become heavy and lifeless and refuse to move on until I took them out again. Sometimes the book threw them out itself,”
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:41 am Post
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pigfender wrote:I have a theory that certain rhythms and syllable combinations work better for different character types in a novel. This theory is not based on any in depth psychological studies, nor is it drawn from an understanding of cognitive behaviour. It’s just a hunch (albeit a hunch that I follow for all my lead characters). It’s an extension of the idea that people are disproportionately convinced of arguments that come in threes.
So, names of the good guy main protagonist in a Pigfender story will have three syllables. To be precise they will have a two syllable first name and a single syllable last name...
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Hugh wrote:Authors do this in all sorts of ways - apart, of course, from using the Scrivener name generator.
But I've no idea where Bilbo, Frodo and Gandalf came from.
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