Tips for Providing Interesting Character Names for Your Book

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To write a story that would be loved and encouraged by the readers isn’t an easy task. As the flow and content of the story are important so is the name of its antagonist and protagonist. The name of the antagonist and protagonist of the story must resemble their character and personality because you cannot name a villain “Lord Noah” as this doesn’t go with the person’s trait. The readers won’t be able to connect with them. The invasion of e-book publishing other than self-publishing and traditional publishing have grown the market of the readers as well. Therefore, the onus on the writer has increased tremendously to be able to deliver a fruitful story which is a complete platter of the written amount of spices and salt.

But how to choose the name? Here are some of the hacks that will guide you through this:

1. The traits of the character can’t be chucked off

The name shall always be something that gives a clear glimpse of the major characteristic of the character to the reader. A hero with a name which is not powerful enough become a center of mock. The readers connect more with the character and the story if at each point the name, place, situation and evidence link and bind with one another.

2. Friends, Family and Foes

You need not invent a new name or go out of the box to search for the name. If the name is unusual and mysterious that is another way and might be the demand of the story. But in most of the stories, the name can be simple and sober that we hear every day. A simple and usual name can be impactful as well.

3. Fictional Characters/ Movies

“Raj”, quite famous a name, isn’t it? Almost every girl wants a lover like Raj but was Raj that famous before the story was portrayed. This is a live example of how a simple and usual name can change the mindset of the people and attach a notion with it. A magician called “Gini” is all that you need to portray that the character deals with magic

4. Avoid boring adjectives

describing the characteristic is an art. So much can be said in lesser words if you know the correct vocabulary. Devil, evil etc. are the common words that are used to describe the negative character. try being a bit different and add a trendsetter adjective with the villain or the hero of your story. Be innovative and yet so trendy.

5. Don’t put ‘S’ in the end/ Don’t have names with rhyming sound

“S” enhances the complexity. The names that end with ‘S’ sounds unpleasant when ‘s’ needs to be added at the last. As for example, Tapas is a nice name but Tapas’ or Tapas’s doesn’t sound well while pronouncing. Also, two characters with similar names or names with same pronunciation confuse the readers and they end up tangling the story, like Meera and Meeta.

The manuscript matters a lot when you enter the world of publishing. The name of the characters plays an important role here as they are also responsible for taking the story forward and engrossing a reader. Nowadays, even self publishing houses and eBook publishers are concerned about the story and characters of the book. A careful proofreading must be done before approaching publishers like the penguin, OnlineGatha, diamond etc.