How to Name Your Fictional Characters

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You know what’s just as bad as hitting a brick wall with the plot of your screenplay or novel? Hitting that same brick wall even harder when it comes time to give your protagonist or any other character that perfect name. Having the right name for your characters not only helps them to become memorable, but can help sell the story as well. Sebastian Dangerfield (“The Ginger Man”), Tony Starks (“Iron Man”), Atticus Finch (“To Kill A Mockingbird”), Luke Skywalker (“Star Wars”), James Bond (“Casino Royale”)…the list goes on. Imagine pitching your screenplay or novel with any of these character names.

The famous character names we know today sound perfect to us now, but did you know Yoda in Star Wars was almost named Minch Yoda? Indiana Jones was almost named Indian “Smith”. Scarlett O’Hara was almost named Pansy and allegedly didn’t get her proper name until just before the book went to print. So you see, names aren’t just names when it comes to your characters. It’s got to fit like a glove, but if you’ve read this far then I have a feeling you know that already. In this eBook I will cover some strategies that will help you come up with a well thought out character name. In addition to those tips, I have listed a number of different types of names, along with various meanings for some, that may help spark an idea for something you may have not otherwise thought of. The purpose of this eBook is not just to dump a crap ton of names and meanings in your lap and tell you to pick one, but more so to help you think carefully about what goes into your decision once you do find what you consider the perfect name.

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