Flash Friday

Today’s Flash Friday is a flash of a thought that struck me this morning.  It’s not “new information” to me, but it’s something I haven’t really spent a lot of time thinking about.

I am a name person. 

I LOVE names.  I like knowing people’s names; I like researching people’s names; I like making up new names.

My three daughters’ names are all names that I came up with (the third with the help of my cousin).  The names themselves may not be unique – especially in this age of the contest to see who can come up with the most unusual name – but the spellings are, or at least they were when I came up with them (I contrived my oldest daughter’s name when I was 10.  Now it’s a more heard-of name, but I have yet to know of anyone else with the same spelling as hers.).

I think KNOW this affinity for names is tied to the writer in me.  I keep a spreadsheet of names I’ve used and names I want to use in the future, and I’m constantly adding to it.  It comes in handy when I’m trying to figure out who my main character is in a new novel.  A person, after all, is tied to their name, whether they like it or not.


What about you?  Do you love names?  How do you keep track of the names of your characters?

14 comments for “Flash Friday

  1. January 14, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Ha ha ha, Nice post. Yes, you know I had to give my son a unique name. =)


  2. January 13, 2015 at 5:33 am

    I have a sticker on my laptop which I pulled from a Clementine at a friend’s house, because I know it’s going to be someone’s name, but I don’t know whose, yet…

    I get this. Totally.

    The kids….hard. My Accomplice and I don’t have a lot of taste overlap in that department. Our first, the only boy name we could agree on was Jeremiah. We figured it was less common than Jeremy, but still recognizable and not too out-there. At 13, he wears it well.

    Annalise was a compromise. Spelled Anneliese, it’s apparently more common in Europe, but we thought we made it up! It certainly suits her!

  3. January 12, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Coming up with names for my characters is one of my favorites when I write. I like old fashioned names – like names from the silver screen (Marilyn, Ava, Ingrid), for writing and for future kids. <3

    • January 12, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      I like old fashioned names too. I tend to have to get to know my characters a little before I know what their names will be. <3

  4. January 9, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I love names, too <3 One of my favorite things when I had kids. Very cool post.

  5. January 9, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Naming characters is one of my favorite parts of the starting process. The only problem I have with names is when people are quick to tell me if one has already been used in another series. Luke Callindor got that a lot at the beginning. I guess it shows how much impact a name can be.

    Naming the kid seemed a lot harder too because I had no idea if it would suit him. At least with a character, you make the personality.

    • January 9, 2015 at 10:50 am

      It’s true that names can have a major impact on the reader and their connection with the story – either way! Hopefully Luke’s name helps him stick in people’s brains – I’m guessing that is the case.

      Yes, I agree on naming children! I have had the unique opportunity of choosing names that suited my children’s personalities – and the opportunity of allowing them to have input, with the ones who were old enough. It makes their names that much more special.

      • January 9, 2015 at 11:14 am

        Hopefully. At least I’m not getting ‘Luke Skywalker could kick your Luke’s ass’ messages. It’s like only one character in history is allowed to have each name.

        We actually had a girl’s name picked out because all of our ‘experienced’ friends swore we were having a girl. No idea why we believed them and then scrambled for a boy’s name.

        • January 9, 2015 at 2:42 pm

          Hmm… Maybe that’s why I like unique names lol.

          That’s funny about his name. From what I know of him through your posts and our conversations, I think his name suits him :-).

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