Hello the Blog Chain of Awesomeness and Everyone Else!
This week’s question, “How do you come up with your character names?” was launched at Gibber Jabber and Sometimes helpful Nonsense…
So here’s my answer…
When my story is more plot or theme driven, I go to behindthename.com and just pick the ones that appeal to me. I generally avoid choosing really common names like Jack, David or Mary…etc. Because those names make me feel like my characters will be assimilated into the sea of people that are called Jack, David or Mary…I think my characters will fail to stand out, if I give them ordinary names.
I don’t really make up names, either. Even when I’m writing a fantasy or sci-fi story, I wouldn’t make up random names. I usaully name my fantasy characters after constellations or people/gods/spirits from mythologies. I guess you can say I am in the middle of the spectrum here. No too too common names, no really strange never seen before and no idea how to pronounce names.
And I never name my characters after the people around me, uinlike Rebecca. For me, it’s just weird…it’s like I’m creating someone fictional and then that person has my dad’s name………………yeah….it feels too close.
When I write a character-driven story I choose carefully based on the meanings of the name. I really like names that start with “K”, because my name starts with K….haha.
For some reason I really like Japanese names. When I begin to write a story I have to resist Asian-fying my characters. Maybe it’s because I grew up in an all-Asian country and my characters naturally appear to be Asians? I don’t know.
As for last names… I name them after the streets around my house. Haha. So if you study all of my stories and you can probably figure out where I actually live. LOL.
Check out this week’s posts:
Anyways~for next week:
Monday- Lin Wang – Teen Writer
Thursday- From Elysium
Friday- Girl With A Notebook
Go Lin! : D
(sorry I tend to have random outbursts)