Names…

This is a quick post on how I name my characters. Finding names is always hard for me, I don’t know why, my characters, most of the times, end up with a simple generic name (which is ok, sometimes), only when I reach halfway through the story I find the right name, that is perfect for her/him.

Having said that… In most cases, I know the name of my main character even before I start to write the story, but for the others… well, that’s more problematic for me.

If you are like me and you have a bit (or more) problems naming your characters in your story, I compiled a few tips on how I find names if they didn’t come already with the story set in my head.

1. Go to all the sites of baby names. Yes! Baby names, lol, I love those site. I have a least 10 sites of all kind of baby naming, lol. They are very helpful in finding nice names and what they mean and even can help you brainstorm and find great combinations of a few names you see there.

2. Before naming any character, try to think of its purpose in your story, what he/she needs to do and how the character will achieve that.

3. Write on paper all the qualities of that character and try to think how he/she will look and if someone calls out to them what will that be. Usually, by this time, I have a few names popping out and then if none of them feel perfect for me, I start scrambling the names or the letters until I find the one that sticks.

4. Try many languages, try to find names of places or even objects, lol, anything that strikes up your imagination.

5. Keep the names simple enough so that the reader can pronounce it, lol.

6. The theme of the name should always fit the theme of the story and place. Unless I want it to be so different on purpose, so he/she will pop in the setting of the story (more than others).

These are my tips for naming characters, I tried to keep it sweet & short 😉 and I hope that it helped you in any way.

I found this cool short clip of George R. R. Martin where he talks about naming characters and I really wanted to share it with you 🙂

How are you coming up with names for your characters? Share your tips for naming characters in the comments.

Thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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Fight The Urge…

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I don’t know if you ever had this feeling, but today I felt it… more than ever.

Okay…

Let me take you back a bit.

Today I was writing a bit (didn’t had much time), and I got stuck. One of my characters suddenly didn’t fit in the scene I was writing, and no matter how much rewrites I did… Still nothing!

The urge to kill this character was stronger than ever, just to take it out will make my life easier. So I started to imagine the story without this character, and how everything will fall into the right place, but you know what? As much as I saw the story without this character, I finally knew just how important it was to keep this character.

The character suddenly grew even stronger in my head, and like roots, her personality spread through the story and I saw how much she is valid to how my main character will continue on, and I knew I could never take this character out.

After this insight, I wrote so fast that i manged to write 3K 🙂

Now I’m at: 29K/50K

So… my advice to all writers that struggle with a scene or a character, just take a few moments and see how the story will continue without him or her, fight the urge to take this character out of your story. Sometime you will find that this character can be killed, after all not all personalities can fit with your main character, but sometimes you’ll find how important this character really is, to the story.

For me, it was a real surprise LOL

Little update: To those who follow me on twitter may have read about last night, but if not… I just want to share this you:

Yesterday I was with my mom in the hospital untill 22:30 at night. They discharged her from the E.R and I took her home and drove home… But while we were there, they did some tests and in the first room we were my mom fainted from the pain and was Unconscious for a few minutes – to me it seemed like forever. It was very scary 😦 Luckily she woke up and they found out it was an inflammation. Yesterday was really scary for me… and as a writer (I can’t stop my mind from writing, lol) I ended up putting some of the scary parts that happened and some of my fears and her pain in words, and into some of the scenes.

Just wanted to share this with you ❤

Another small update: It’s raining here, for a few days now… And… I love it, lol.

Have a great Sunday, and thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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