character names

by shelley reinhard

Question: I'm having trouble naming my characters. I want something unique and different any advice would be much appreciated.

Answer: If you're writing fantasy, you might try looking at names from other cultures and just altering the spelling (some baby names sites are good sources of ideas). Or you could try looking at historic genealogies for names that have fallen out of use centuries ago.

There are also fantasy name generators used by gamers, but they often produce names that sound artificial.

If you're not writing fantasy but just want an exotic or unusual name, many baby names sites let you search for names by popularity or nationality (just look for the least popular).

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