Debbie’s Desk takes a look at fantasy names – PERFECTING PROFILE’S
When developing a fictional persona a name is chosen. Let’s take one from my files.
His name came to mind when searching my memory for something sticky.
A sticky name to me is -: where a small part is played, they have impact on the reader and they are remembered. If there ever was a book 2, this fictitious being would be foremost in the plot.
Elton – a name I love, became – Eldon. By just replacing one letter, this name still sticks and will not be forgotten.
In another novel, the name Aaron, captured me and was first choice. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a strong enough name to become ‘Lord status’ in my fantasy world. The – ar, was then replaced with an – x. This character became, Axon Lord the Planets. (Soon to be released by Butterfly Kiss Books).
So here’s my theory on how to come up with that perfect name for your character. Try to start off with the first name that pop into your mind. Think of what you want from this character and add a complex letter to enhance. Or, play down for a smaller role in the tale and, add a more frequently used letter of the alphabet.
Therefore to answer the above question – does the name make the character? I say yes. Does the character make the name? I say yes.
Debbie’s Desk leaves you with this thought – To make the character, you need both as it takes both to give the character their personality.