When you’re writing a book, there are names to consider. And not just character names, which is often the most time-consuming for an author and the ones we think about when we talk about names in a book.
There are names of towns (if you’re not setting it in a real city), streets, buildings, lakes, mountains, all those things related to your fictional setting.
There are sometimes names of animals or creatures, especially if you’re writing sci-fi/fantasy. For that matter, you might have to name whole planets and countries.
Sometimes you have to give a name to a religion, if there’s a fictional cult or church in your story.
And let’s don’t leave character names with just a passing nod. Those, for a lot of us, me included, can be the most contrary. The main characters always seem to be the most important. We search through baby naming books and telephone books. We scan through the credits on movies, looking for that “perfect” name for each individual character, good or bad. Then there are multiple secondary or minor characters – not only do they also have to be perfect, they have to be distinct enough from each other that readers don’t get them mixed up.
Trying to find that perfect character name can bring writing to a complete halt. That’s very annoying if you’re the kind of writer who can’t continue without having a name to call that character. When you’re stuck, try FAPping for names.
Names are important to a story. Spend some time on them. But don’t let them disrupt your whole writing time. As much as it hurts, it is permissible to label them “X” and move on while the urge and time to write are strong. Don’t let it bring everything to a standstill.
6 months ago