I'm Sooooo excited! Starting a new series today. Yay!
There's so much that goes into the planning of a new series. Thought about the world it will take place in. The kinds of creatures, if it's a para/fantasy. The characters that will connect one book to another.
I have a killer series title. Really stirs the creative juices. And a super hot title for the launch book. I have the hero and heroine's names. All of that took hours and hours of research. I gave the Google engines a healthy workout between last night and this morning, LOL.
A lot of new writers ask where the characters' names come from. I tend to go to baby name sites for mine. Before I start searching, I usually have a vague idea of the "feel" of the character's name. Will it start with a "hard" sound (k, b, d) or a "soft" one (s, soft c, h). My heroes tend to demand short mono-syllabic names, though there are those few who didn't (Malcolm, for example). Their names tend to start with hard sounds, the heroines' with soft sounds.
After I have found the first names that best fit the characters, I Google the nationality of the characters, along with the word "surname". That usually brings up a handful of sites with lists of last names. Then it's a matter of saying the names together, first and last, until something clicks.
Any writers out there want to share how they select their characters' names?
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