Naming your characters is equally as fun as it is frustrating – especially for those of us writing fantasy/sci-fi characters.
Your character names need to fit into the fascinating, magical and mystifying world that you have created. You want them to be unique, special (and cool) but still pronounceable. As such, flicking through the big book of names simply won’t cut it. So how do you go about naming your fantasy and sci-fi characters?
I don’t claim to have all of the answers, but I do have a special trick I use when naming my characters. A trick that I am going to share with you in this blog post.
Start by writing down a list of everyday names that you like. Look at the names closely. Is there a particular sound in the name that you like? For example, I like the sound of names that end in ‘ia’ and ‘an’ (Amelia,
Anissia, Julian, Damian, Rowan).
Take these sounds and letters and blend them together with other letter combos that are pleasing to your ears. I’ve always liked the name Noah. I could, therefore, blend this name with the sound ‘
If you are in need of some inspiration, you can always pick up a baby name book or find a list of baby names online. Scan the list and quickly jot down the names that you like.
Bonus Tip: I have found that surnames often make interesting first names. In fact, two of the main characters in my current WIP got their names this way.
How do you name your characters? If you have any tips or tricks, make sure to share them in the comments. I would love to hear them.