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30 Days of Writing – Day #3

3. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you’re writing about fictional places)?

Depends on setting. For Model Species, I went with vaguely Greek sounding names because their culture is vaguely similar to ancient Greece; Divine Fire‘s names are somewhat Italian to indicate their Italian Renaissance culture. Some names are based on their inspiring gaming characters; some names just come to me or I try to fit a name to a sound I want.  Luck for Hire is one of my few contemporary set works, which means I need to Google names. Just in case. Some of the names Eric comes up with are anagrams. I don’t take the meaning of names into account when I name a character, though I might with place names. Place names in reality are often descriptive in nature. People names can be used to tell the age of a character in a real-world set story.

One of the most screwy things about fictional names is the tendency to not have more than one character or place named the same thing. I easily know half a dozen Erics. I’ve been on a league team with three Erics and two Jeffs (as well as one with a record four Erics). Another team had three Daves. We don’t do this enough in fiction. (Though an episode of Doctor Who did have two Daves: Proper Dave and Other Dave.)