How to Name your Characters in a way that Fits your Book

One of my favorite things when I create a story is naming the character. But how do you find the right name for your character.

Well to me one the most important things when naming your character is making sure that the name makes sense. And not in the ‘oh that name makes sense for this type of book’.

When I say that I mean is that the type of name the characters parents would name them.

Like in my case the a couple of characters in my novel are from very old noble family lines. So their parents would give then very old names.

A wealthy old family would not name their kid bob. So make sure that it fits the characters background.

Another thing is that you don’t have to make up names. Sure if it fits your genre and plot then go ahead but sometimes reading weirdly spelled names that you don’t have a clue how to spell can be frustrating.

One thing I like to do is look at old names from years and years ago. Some of those names can be something that sounds fantastical and unheard of today. So you don’t have to make up names or stick to common ones.

Another thing that should be taken into consideration is that people will sometimes miss pronounce the name you have written, especially if it is not something that is common.

You just have to take a breath and let it go. You can’t fight everybody that does not say it like you wanted it to be said. I know it can be frustrating to hear someone say the name different then it is said by you but correcting everybody on it will not help you.

But most of all have fun with naming your character.

Their is so many things that you can do with the name of your character, it can be a plot point, it can have nicknames that become important, it can make them stand out.

So just take my advice and run with it, find what name suits them and works for your genre and story.

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