Thursday, November 03, 2005

Gone for a bit

Howdy, blog friends!

I'm off to Virginia to the Chesapeake Romance Writer's annual Fantasies By The Sea Conference. I'll be back on Monday (and yes, there will be a Goofy Cat Monday). I'll be sure to bring presents for everyone!

While I'm gone, here's something for you to discuss:

How do you name your characters? How do you name your villians? Are there underlying meanings to the names you give them? Spill it!

9 comments:

  1. Sometimes I brainstorm, sometimes I draw from a list, and sometimes there are underlying meanings to the names.

    Have fun :)

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  2. I use the Baby Name Book and whatever sounds right, I go with it.

    Tanya

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  3. Good question. The names just come to me really. I know my characters and they just tell me their names.

    Have fun at the convention.

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  4. Me? I host a brainstorming chat over at Romance Divas, invite every writer I know, and then let Kristen, Sela and all the Divas name my characters for me! :-D

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  5. I brainstorm a list of characterists for my people, then I go to various baby name websites, such as babynames.com and look up names that mean what's on my characteristic list.

    And sometimes they just come to me. Go figure.

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  6. Wish I could go to it! I hope you have fun.

    BTW I just tagged you. It's the threesome quiz. Look at my Oct. 27th blog entry for the questions :)

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  7. Oooh, good question K. Lately, I've been giving my heroines names with double letters and a softer sound at the end, Ellie, Emma, Molly. I like to try something different for my heroes: Kit, Rocket, Nik St. Eve. My two faves are heroines:

    Catherine "Charlie" Brown - she goes by Charlie, putting herself out there as a tough kinda gal so no one will take advantage.

    Robyn Banks - a pilot whose call sign is Thief. Of course she steals the hero's heart!

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  8. At least half the time, they show up with their names ready to go. Sometimes they give me a clue -- I'm Russian, I'm French, this is a name I made up to leave my old life behind. Sometimes all I know is a characteristic -- I'm quite ordinary, I'm very sexy, Me Man - Find Woman.

    I've got a couple of sites I go to, but I use them mostly for procrastinating. ;-)

    And Barb? Anytime!

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  9. I use my favorite names for the hero/heroine and for the villian I use a name that I like (because I have to use it over and over again) but that seems a little . . . dirty, maybe.

    For last names I check out family name websites if I can't think of anything else.

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