Friday, May 6, 2011

♥.•*¨ You mean I have to name my MCs? ¨*•.♥

Names. Names. Names. Do they really make a difference? Here's a test! Tell me what you think of the following faces with names I gave these faces:



 Can you feel how a name has a simple, yet powerful, effect as you read them?

What about these:




A name is as important as the title of your book. It needs to paint a picture, like your hook, that sums up the entire character.

This site has were-wolf names, space names, and more! Go check it out! :D Here is another cool site for awesome names!

I can't wait to see what my friends with Friday Writers think! Visit their blogs to see what they say about names! Anastasia V. Pergakis,  J. D. Brown, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Deirdra Eden-Coppel, M. Pax,  Jeffrey Beesler, Charlene A. Wilson, and Andrew J. Cooper! 

Happy Friday!

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  1. I once read that Stephenie Meyer referred to her characters in her early Twilight draft as "she" and "he". I don't know how she did it, because that would have bugged me like crazy! :-) Sometimes, my naming process seems so random; I hope to come up with a better way. Thanks for the site suggestions...will have to check them out if I am stumped.

  2. HAHA! Awesome. Elmer is cougar bait. >:)

    You're a night owl too. (;

  3. Sure names make a difference, though Swapping out Cora for Kristen didn't really change anything for me. She's funny no matter what name she's got.

  4. Names really matter. I have the Baby Name Survey book. It gives you current and past perceptions of names. It's really a fun book to use if you can't come up with a name.

  5. My characters find their own names somehow. In one of my novels, I couldn't decide on the hero's name, so I simply called him Jack until such a time as the right name for him popped into my head. Guess what - he's still called Jack. Somehow as I wrote him he BECAME Jack.
    Paula Martin’s Potpourri

  6. LOL - names do matter. I think I have to go check out the site you suggest, as I need a new name for my bad guy and am having trouble thinking of him beyond the placeholder name I gave him. Unlike Paula, my guy didn't become his name ;-)

    Elizabeth, I have an award for you over at my blog - please stop by sometime to pick it up ;-)

  7. Whoa - I'm already passionate about Wilbur and whodathought I'd fall for a guy called Wilbur! LOL. What a smashing idea. I agree names are very important.

  8. Great illustration. I do worry about names for my characters. In one of my novels, I needed names for four women who were born in the 40's...VERY different than contemporary names. It was fun deciding and I settled on Brenda, Pat, Doris, and Lizzie.

  9. I love that name Cora!! And I love your Cora pic too - I really like her - she's fun and eccentric and very pretty in a most unconventional way!!

    Take care

  10. I agree, names are almost the essence of a character. I am obsessed with finding the correct name for each animal here, so I fully understand the power of a name.

  11. I am definitely a name sucker. I spent days researching the names of my MCs but just as much time in finding just the right spice for my secondary characters. :)

  12. A site with space names? That I will check out!

  13. Names definitely conjure an image in our heads and you gave an excellent visual with your pics. Made me laugh out loud! My first and only reader for book 3 so far doesn't like my villain's name because the type of person she associates it with. But I think I'm okay with that - I kind of like that twist. In certain situations, especially for minor characters, we can have fun with flip-flopping everyone's first perceptions.

    BTW, went through this with naming our kids, too. My mom didn't like my youngest's name at first because she associated it with someone in her past who had mistreated her. But now she has a new image for that name, which has actually been a blessing for her.

    Lots to think about with names, whether our kids or our characters. Great post!

  14. just the pictures were hilarious. i like bertha the best.

  15. actually, I kinda thought Cora looked a bit like her name :) and if Elmer had gone to my high school I think I might've been able to ignore the name.

  16. Cool that you're in a video. :D I think Cora looks like a Cora, too. Did not like Herman with the face / body. Good lesson that names do matter and conjure up images for the reader.

  17. Jewel, I guess that's one way to do it as long as you can keep track of who's who. Um, I would be lost, too!

    Jo, yes, I am! I love the night. I love mornings too, but would rather sleep in. :D

    TS, yes, you are right. I felt that as I gave her that name. ;)

    Sharon, that's a great idea! Names do make a difference, don't they?

    Paula, that's a great way of doing it. I do that with titles for my books, too. I call them "band aid" names! :D

    Katie, that's wonderful that you can do that! Thank you for the award!

    Sue, lol! ;D

    Em, oh, that's so true! I don't think that giving someone the name Jazz in a highfantasy novel would fly, either!

    Jennifer, you're right! :)

    Gail, naming is like a title, it must fit.

    Larsen, yes, that's true. Even the little guys need great names!

    Alex, I hope you found it ok!

    Kristie, oh, that's so true, great point. :D

    Caden, I bet! ;)

    Marcy, Lol! Me too! :D

    Mary, I know, I failed miserably with the Cora name. I don't think any name I could've give her would make it feel awkward. :/

  18. Interesting post! My last post on my blog was about naming gaming characters, pretty much the same concerns.

    The Elmer/Bertha/etc type names made me think about that topic again and how 'good' names change through time. A century ago, these were fine & proper names, now they have a stigma and stereotype associated with them that is very different. It'd be interesting to trace the process of how that happens.

    Like the name 'Earl'. It conjures up the image of a bare and muddy foot man in overalls with one strap hanging to the side, who's teeth & I.Q. are in competition for who can get down to zero first. And yet the name started out as a desirable name, given to evoke the air of nobility, since Earl is a title of nobility. How the mighty have fallen.

    Makes you wonder it today's Spencer & Jayden are tomorrow's hillbillies & nerds.


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