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The Bluestocking

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Most of the time my characters stroll into my head almost fully-formed and usually they already have a name.

*Reads the other posts on this thread*

Uh... I see that I'm in the minority here...

I do consciously tweak some of the names though - for example: one character is named in tribute to Reeva Steenkamp who was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius in an act of domestic violence and my character Reeva is a real firecracker of a Bloody Mary. And I decided at some point that all the house imps and brownies in my story world would have normal human names - yes, there's Frances and Susie (both house imps), and Alice and Penelope (both brownies). This reflects the tone and vibe of my world.
 

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Scrivener has a pretty comprehensive name generator with multiple customisable options - here's a screen cap.

A) Select the gender (option for either, too)
B) I like the touch of an alliteration option.
C) This is the most impressive option as cultural names can be specified. There're more regional/cultural options but this is screen cap of what was there when I took the screen.
D) It will generate between 1 - 500 names for you depending on where you set the slider.

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I've not needed to use it, but as you can see it's pretty amazing.

pH
 

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every 'Cindy' I have met, has blonde/light-brown hair, tends to be well curved and somewhat promiscuous
You've just ensured I henceforth get my face slapped by the three Cindy's I know (or I might get lucky, wahey!)
 
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@The Bluestocking you're not alone. I've never had an issue naming my characters. Most of the time, they pop up in my mind because of the story. I mostly use common names, existing ones rather than inventing impossible to pronounce names. Using common names, helps the reader to focus on the story, rather than make an consciously effort to remember who's who. For example, I currently read The three-body problem and I need make an effort to remember some of the names, because they are very exotic to me.
 

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Scrivener has a pretty comprehensive name generator with multiple customisable options
I hate having to come up with last names for characters! They never sound genuine enough in my head. Thus my characters' cultures tend (with certain exceptions) to just have single names. I do anticipate eventually writing a book set in the real world, though, and this sounds really useful--I'll be making a note of it. Thanks!
 

The Bluestocking

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@The Bluestocking you're not alone. I've never had an issue naming my characters. Most of the time, they pop up in my mind because of the story. I mostly use common names, existing ones rather than inventing impossible to pronounce names. Using common names, helps the reader to focus on the story, rather than make an consciously effort to remember who's who. For example, I currently read The three-body problem and I need make an effort to remember some of the names, because they are very exotic to me.
I use a mix of common names and (now that I think about it) Dickensian/Lemony Snicket style names - the type with multiple syllables that has a rhythm to it with a whimsical feel and sticks in your brain. Some characters are known by their last names only, some by their first names only depending on the faction/culture they belong to.

I also think that the genre the author writes in makes a difference - naming characters in an Epic Fantasy novel would be a completely different exercise from naming characters in a Horror story.
 

The Bluestocking

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Scrivener has a pretty comprehensive name generator with multiple customisable options - here's a screen cap.

A) Select the gender (option for either, too)
B) I like the touch of an alliteration option.
C) This is the most impressive option as cultural names can be specified. There're more regional/cultural options but this is screen cap of what was there when I took the screen.
D) It will generate between 1 - 500 names for you depending on where you set the slider.

View attachment 57029

I've not needed to use it, but as you can see it's pretty amazing.

pH
Eh? Where do I find this in the Scrivener menu?
 

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Scrivener has a pretty comprehensive name generator with multiple customisable options - here's a screen cap.

A) Select the gender (option for either, too)
B) I like the touch of an alliteration option.
C) This is the most impressive option as cultural names can be specified. There're more regional/cultural options but this is screen cap of what was there when I took the screen.
D) It will generate between 1 - 500 names for you depending on where you set the slider.

View attachment 57029

I've not needed to use it, but as you can see it's pretty amazing.

pH
Randy Sheriff. :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: Snort.
 
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