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!

Write with heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

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How to Pitch Articles Like a Pro

Hello writer bees!

With the start of a new year, it’s time to take charge of your freelancing endeavors. How can you achieve the perfect pitch? And no, I don’t mean musically. A pitch, by definition means “words used when trying to persuade someone to buy or accept something.” Sometimes, freelancers must sell their ideas for articles to potential buyers. It’s all about that hustle.

So, let’s talk about creating an eye catching pitch. This could be for a publication you regularly write for, or, if you are gutsy, a website that you’ve never interacted with before.

Research Beforehand

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So important. Know what this potential buyer is looking for. Get a feel for their tone and their content. What kind of topics do they post about? Is the tone formal or informal? Do they include pictures and jokes? Understand their readership as well. Who is their target audience? What message do they wish to present to the world.

Here’s a pro tip; Make sure you read articles from the publication. And yes, I mean it. Actually read, don’t fib about being a “big fan” of their site. Come on, we’ve all done that.

Also, make sure you go over their submission guidelines. Just about every online publication has a guidelines page, some even show their pay per article upfront. And some editors have specific rules that they want followed, like a certain style or word count. Try to make the editor’s job easier and cover all the bases.

Know What Every Great Pitch Needs

Next, let’s break down all the essentials needed for one amazing pitch. Here’s the recipe for greatness.

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  1. What type of material?: Article? Listicle? Essay? Interview? Editors like to know the format you, as the writer, is aiming for.
  2. Potential Title: Don’t just say the topic is about “tacos”. Instead, try possible, attention grabbing headlines like “Crunchy vs Soft Shells; Which are Superior?” or “Veggie Add-ins for Taco Night.” Be aware, titles sometimes change during the editing process, don’t sweat too much!
  3. Impact: Talk about why readers would be interested in what you have to say. Give them a compelling reason why your piece fits their publication. If you know specific viewership numbers, provide a guesstimate of how many readers might read your article.
  4. Stance: If it’s an argumentative piece, discuss your perspective on the subject. Be careful of being too controversial. Always stay fact based in your opinion and cite sources when needed.

Short and Sweet

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Imagine you’re in an elevator and only have a couple sentences to convey your idea. Because a great pitch only needs a few sentences to hook someone’s attention. Keep your pitch brief. Be clear and be focused. At the end of a day, a proper pitch should only be a couple hundred words, (~200-300 words).

And consider including your portfolio or publication history and a brief introduction of yourself. Don’t go overboard, we’re keeping things short, remember? But still, try to sell yourself and your talents quickly yet effectively.


Fortune favors the brave, so be brave when pitching article ideas. Best of luck with your pitches, writer bees!

To all the freelancers out there, how do you hustle in your work? What’s your advice on sending the perfect pitch?

Write with Heart,

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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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.

Write with Heart,

Lady Jabberwocky

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Welcome to Lady Jabberwocky!

Hello Everyone!

Let’s about all things writing and have some fun doing it. From storytelling to freelancing, follow the adventures of a New York writer.

Curious about the ins and outs of freelance writing? Check out the Notes from a Lady Freelance Writer series. It’s the real insight on my job as a freelancer.

Want to improve your creative writing skills? There’s some great advice on fiction writing, simplifying the art of storytelling. Also, participate in Prompt of the Week, with a new writing prompt every Monday. And read some of the short stories here too.

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All is Magic and Bright (Fantasy/Humor)

Juniper dusted the snow off her cloak as she entered the claustrophobically small shop. Shelves full of trinkets and bobbles and bobbled trinkets. Potion bottles and feather tipped arrows too. And a leather glove with brass trimmings and a brightstone set in the center. The topaz yellow gem winked at her as she stared at it.

Gus, the shopkeeper, leaned over the counter. “Hello, hello. What can I help you with, little missy?”

“I need one Gauntlet of the Scorching Sun.” She dropped three gold pieces onto the counter. The earning from too many oddball quests.

Adjusting his spectacles, he eyed the coins, then the fairy girl with wings like a monarch butterfly. The gap in his teeth let out of long whistle. “No can do, little lady. That there doohickey is five gold.”

Her wings stiffed in agitation. “What? But I need that for a friend. It’s supposed to be a gift for the winter solstice celebration.”

Shoulders bounced. “Holiday inflation, you know. “

“You gots anything to trade? Adventurers always got things to trade.”

Her lips pressed into a thin line. Grumbling under her breath, she searched her bag, sifting through miscellaneous items acquired during their adventures.

“How about three gold coins, fifty silver pieces and two bubble potions.” Two vials of pink liquid were set on the counter. His head shook slowly. Thumb jabbed over his shoulder to an entire case of bubble potions. She dug deeper into her satchel and held up a bloody canine. “Annnddd a…. Goblin tooth?”

“That’s a troll tooth.”

“Same difference.” Juniper pushed her items closer before reaching out her hand to shake. “Do we got a deal or not?”


The door creaked open. Cecil flinched in surprise, a book tucked under his arm. A smile spread across his face. “Juniper! What… What are you doing here? I thought you were leaving to Mirinda already.” Those plans were still true. There were a bundle of fairies down south waiting to celebrate the solstice with her. Juniper offered the young wizard a poorly wrapped package.

“Oh, I’m on my way now.” She assured. “Couldn’t leave before delivering your present first, could I?” He gestured her inside the tiny cottage. The warmth of the fireplace embraced her. Frost melted from her wing tips. She gave a quick greeting to his mother and grandmother, who were preparing a small feast for the three of them.

“You s-sure you can make the flight in this weather?” Cecil ask as he unwrapped the gift. Snow and wind blustered outside.

“I’ll be fine. I still have bubble potions left.” Two potion bottles were holstered to her belt.

The wizard gasped, holding the gauntlet in his hands. “But how did you…?” A anxious look flashed through his face, worried about the cost of such an item.

“Don’t worry about it. Go on. Try it out. ” She nudged him as his fingers slipped into the glove. The golden gem shimmered. A glowing sphere appeared in his hands, hovering in the air. Watching her young wizard friend cradle a bright ball of light made it all worth it.

After the shopkeeper declined her deal, he was asking for roguish deviance. Juniper left the shop with a huff, claiming that she’d take her business elsewhere. In actuality, she snuck back in with the stealth of a true thief. Smoke bombed the cramped shop. Amidst the chaos, she swapped the gauntlet with 3 gold coins and a bloody troll tooth. Tis the season, after all.


Happy holidays everyone! Love, Lady Jabberwocky

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Why I Finally Joined Twitter

As ironic as it sounds, for someone who runs their own blog, but I’m not much of a social media person. I always felt awkward posing a selfie or sharing my personal mundane thoughts to the world. Does anybody really care what I had for lunch? Trust me, starting this blog was a huge leap of faith for a sad, self-conscious writer like myself.

But interacting with other writers is such a pleasure, I want connect with you guys more. So, this lady behind Lady Jabberwocky is now on Twitter. Yes, I know I’m late but better late than never. Stay up to date on what’s happening in my life as a writer as well as new blog posts. I’d appreciate every follow and message I receive.

I’m still in the “old lady trying to figure out social media” stage but come hang out with me on Twitter.

P.S. – I’m not in love with my handle just yet, Lady Jabberwocky was taken (the horror). If you have an idea for one, let me know in the comments!

Thanks Writer Bugs!

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