I’ve recently started a new story. It’s contemporary YA and I love it. The characters are fun and surprising and one is so nasty I can hardly believe I’m writing her (I usually veer towards nice). However, starting a story means I need to come up with names.
So many names.
Names for my main characters are mostly easy enough. Usually they come with the image in my head. Nice names, or names with a particular ethnic sound or names that read like an up herself girl I wouldn’t want to meet.
But then I need more names.
The list goes on. And these names need to work together.
Coming up with all of these for someone as indecisive as I am can mean long minutes of staring at the screen and not getting much writing done.
I recently opened this up on facebook and had some great suggestions for places to look and I thought I’d share them (and put them somewhere for me to find later).
- Baby name websites – great for meanings
- Street names
- ‘steal’ from movies
- Other people’s facebook friends list
- Scrivener actually has a name function
If you have any other ideas please add in the comments.