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What's in a Name?: Tips on Naming Characters

Hello hello writer bugs!

I don’t know about you guys, but for me, naming a character is like naming a child.

Whether it’s for a main character or a background character, the names you choose should be significant. Names can tie characters to the setting, to their roots, or just hold a greater symbolic meaning. How do you find the perfect name for a character? I’ve got some tips that are sure to help.

Baby Naming Websites

Baby naming websites for mommies-to-be are actually really helpful. Check out the extensive lists and dredge up some ideas for names. If you are looking for a name that begins with a certain letter or a specific cultural origin, you’ll be able to search names that fit your criteria.

A Name with Meaning

Sometimes, names have a deeper root meaning. And those meanings can fit into a character’s personality. You’d be surprised what some names translate into. Not every reader is going to make those connections, however, you, as the author, will know. A meaningful name may influence a character’s identity.

For my MC, his first name is Graham, which means ‘grey home’. That image really connects with his gloomy and mysterious personality.

Historical Context 

If your story takes place in another time period, keep in mind the historical context. Names that are common today may not have been 100 years ago. Find out what names were common at the time. If you Google something like ‘names from 1920s’, a list of popular names from the 1920s will probably pop up.

Also, check the Social Security Administration website for ranked list of common names of the decade. It’s pretty useful, and it’ll give you a feel for the time period and what inspired names during that era.

Sound it Out

When in doubt, sound it out. Say the name out loud. If it doesn’t sound right, or its difficult to pronounce, or just sounds like a mouthful, then something’s off. Keep trying. Once you’ve found a name that suits your character, it should just click. Like, “huh, that one sounds right.”

Consider the Entire Cast

Try not to have characters’ names sound similar, or readers may be confused. Think about your fictional crew as a whole and note if names sound too alike. By differentiating characters, readers will have an easier time following the story and connecting with individual characters.

One time, in fiction writing class, a classmate had two characters named Flip and Clip. Unironically. Don’t have a Flip and Clip in your story. I’m still confused about it.


How do you go about naming your characters? Lemme know in the comments!

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Lady Jabberwocky

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Prompt of the Week: Hometown Hero

Write about your main character’s hometown, or where they grew up. What was their living situation like as a child?


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Lady Jabberwocky

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Prompt of the Week: Two Strangers Meet on New Year's Eve

Write a scene where two characters, two complete strangers, meet each other on New Year’s Eve and watch the countdown together.


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Lady Jabberwocky

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My Writer Goals for 2020

Happy new year, writer bees!

Hope you all had a fantastic holiday. In the spirit of the new year, I’m sharing my hopes for 2020. Cross your fingers and toes for me, I’m feeling hopeful and ambitious this year. Or it could just be the wine talking. Nevertheless, onto this writer’s New Year’s resolutions.

Write More Often

Sometimes, my writing progress is sporadic. I would like to write more consistently. Like to set aside some time to write, as often as I can. To have a real writing routine and to stick to it. Or maybe even commit to a weekly word count goal. No matter what, I want to push past writer’s block and get motivated again.

P.s. – That also means producing engaging content on this blog as well as posting regularly on Twitter.

Read More

You ever heard the saying “you are what you eat”? Well I’ve always thought “you write what you read”. I tell aspiring writers to read everything. And frankly, I haven’t been reading much of anything lately. I’d like to read more. Lots of books on my shelf need attention. So I’ll try fitting reading time into that writing schedule I talked about before.

Finally Finish my Novel

This goes along with the whole ‘writing more’ goal. If the stars align, I’d want to complete my first novel this year. That would mean being finished writing and editing the entire story of my WIP. A complete manuscript by the end of the year would be amazing. It’ll be a lot of work, but it’s my dream to publish a novel someday, so it’ll all be worth it.

Eat Healthier

At the end of the day, a writer needs to take care of themselves. This might be the year of looking after my physical wellness. I want to cook more and eat better. Healthier snacks, more veggies etc. At this point, I’m basically considering becoming a part time vegan. Don’t tell my meat lover boyfriend. If you have suggestions for food blog/recipes, let me know in the comments.

Be More Positive

Just like my physical wellness is important, so is my emotional wellness. Staying positive and patience is difficult. I’m doing my best, even though some days are hard on my heart. I hope to savor the happy moments and to celebrate every small victory and to not be so critical of myself. Yeah, It’s a tall order, but I’m working on it and that’s all I can do, right?


What are your goals for 2020? What do you hope to accomplish in the new year? Talk to me in the comments! I love to hear from you writer bees.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

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Prompt of the Week: What's Your New Year's Resolution?

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? What goal do you wish to achieve in 2020?


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Lady Jabberwocky

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My Most Memorable Blog Moments of 2019

Happy holidays, my dear writer bees!

To wrap up the year, I’m looking back at my favorite posts of 2019. Before I do, I just want to say thank you to all the readers that follow my humble little blog. Your support keeps me going.

To the Teacher Who Changed my Life

This was a thank you letter that was a long time coming. I had this wonderful teacher who really encouraged me to pursue writing. Now, I’m so grateful for her kindness. Not sure where I’d be without it.

Fictional Works

You know, not to toot my mediocre horn, but I really liked the short stories I wrote this year. Flash fiction pieces like Proud Colors and Cinnamon Witch are true standouts. I challenged myself by experimenting with new styles and subjects. And because of that, I’ve become a better writer.

Then there’s Color Me Surprised , another short story I’m quite fond of. This piece was a one off and featured characters from my WIP. Actually, combining mystery and comedy was fun to write.

May of Mystery

For an entire month of May, all my posts were mystery themed. Each post was a spotlight on the genre. Everything from dropping clues to creating an inspector character. A particular favorite was when I analyzed Knox’s rules for writing detective fiction. I’m looking forward to May 2020.

What else happened this year? Well I….

  • Celebrated 200 followers.
  • Participated in NaNoWriMo.
  • Started the Notes of a Lady Freelance Writer series.
  • Posted a services page.
  • Finally joined Twitter.
  • Published fun Writing Prompts every Monday.

And that was my year in review for Lady Jabberwocky. What were some of your favorite moments in 2019? And what are you hoping for for the upcoming new year? Talk to me in the comments, writer bugs.

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Lady Jabberwocky

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Prompt of the Week: What's Your Best Moment from 2019?

What’s your best moment from 2019? What did you accomplish? What made this year absolutely awesome?


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Lady Jabberwocky

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