Character names

Just had an oddest interest in writing about how I come up with names for the characters in my book. So far, I’ve completed 2 novels, and 3 are underway simultaneously, unfortunately for me, I’m suffering an indecisive moment on which one should take priority. And the character names I’ve used so far are:

Clare Peterson, Matthew, Jack, Brandon, Ellenor Grace, Dean Stewart, Paul Dane etc. to just mention a few. How did I choose these? Well, I read ‘Clare’ in a book, I met ‘Matthew’ as a lovely man in a fiction and fell in love (with the name of course), ‘Jack’ simply POPPED out of the box, and perfectly fitted my quirky character in my soon-to-be-published-novel. ‘Brandon’ came to me in a dream as a saviour in a ‘hunger-games’ styled mass-murder camp nightmare a year before I started writing the book some 10 years ago.

Now, ‘Ellenor’, she is an odd one, I can’t quite remember how she came to me, but I love her, and she is one character I loved uncovering about, ’cause on the surface she is just a simple girl-next-door. Dean, made himself come to my notice because in my mind he looks very close to the ‘Dean’ character from Supernatural, though he is nothing like that in personality. And one of my more recent one, ‘Mr Paul Dane’ came in two parts, first name came to me from a lock secured on a bridge with a message engraved to his love, and his last name came as I sat in front of Starbucks with my cup of mocha in Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building, and a shop name jumped out at me, Paul Dane.

Come to think of it, I find it interesting how these names get adopted by characters that float into my head, and when I write them down, they start taking form from that cue. I have so many stories scrambling to the top of my mind waiting to be written down, and there are plenty more characters who still need names.

I wonder how they will come to me…

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  1. Haha I am sorry but to this line “I met ‘Matthew’ as a lovely man in a fiction and fell in love (with the name of course),” I totally thought, “Liesss! It is definitely the man!!” hehe. But yeah, I have been meaning to write a book myself long long long time ago but I never got down to doing it. I don’t even know if I will still do it. But I know the whole deli-ma of creating character names. I roleplay so, I tend to create my character with a vast back story..and then the naming is like the hardest part because I want the name to leave an impact to people. Then again, I guess it all depends on how we create the character for the name to even have any effect.


    1. No, Matthew really was a character, but the one in my book is obviously influenced by other factors. I find I have to have a name first to proceed, it’s like getting to know them before I tell their stories.

      The characters in my new book that I’m writing all have names and last names but they are still building their character so I’m finding I can’t move forth with it just yet. It’s funny how this whole thing works.

      I’d say if you really want to write books then start with character descriptions and go that way. The more you love those ‘people’ the easier it is.


      1. Yeah, characters. I got those but the problem is what kind of story. Because in the end if you have great characters and you love them, if you pick a wrong story sequence, I feel it will all go to waste. But I definitely will write one book at least in this lifetime. xD


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