Character Names

Posted: January 15, 2016 in Creative Writing
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Coming up with character names is a double edged sword for me.  For Science Fiction works, names come to me easily.  Usually in my Sci-Fi works they are Military related, so it’s really easy for me to just plug and play with names of people that I have met while in the Army.  It doesn’t work that way in regards to Fantasy stories.

For my Fantasy projects, I like to include all the usual races that you find in Fantasy stories.  So you run into Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Dragons, Orcs, and Goblins.  The problem I have is that SSG Davis just isn’t an appropriate name for a Goblin.  All these races have their own languages, which means different dialects and different names.

So what i’m saying is that my issue in writing Fantasy stories is coming up with character names.  The rest of the character creation phase of my stories is really easy, as I can easily picture the character.  So if anyone out there has any suggestions for me when it comes to name generation, specifically for Fantasy, I am all ears.

  1. I too have had some problems with names for sci-fi characters. I come up with stuff and I think that it’s either stupid or just isn’t right for the character I envision. I’ve resided to the names all being homage to the type of story I am trying to produce for the time being, just easier for me to have a formula in my head about it. I have also been exploring the concept of challenging stereotypes related to names EG. Everyone would imagine a guy named Chad Moneysworth being a 6’2 blond guy with a tennis racket and a sweater vest, if you write in the future Chad Moneysworth is a poor junkie from a humble background… then the name is just ironic. But i guess its just a matter of taste.


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