RTW -- By Any Other Name...
Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
Next week's topic:
How do you decide on names? Would you ever name a character after a friend/family member/ex?
I have a friend with a really cool name who I've already told I'm going to steal it at some point. As for family members, maybe but only because I have family members with really common names. As for exes...never. I have trouble separating people from their names so when I name a character after someone I know in real life, I have to work to separate their appearance and personality from that character.
As for how I decide on names...that's a complicated question. A lot of my characters come with their own names. If they don't, then generally I just hop on my favorite baby names site and go down the lists of names until one of them strikes my fancy.
I also have a list of cool names that I want to use someday. The names on the list have come from just about everywhere. I like days when the teacher calls roll because it means I get to hear everyone's name and sometimes I jot down a few for the list.
Here are a few of my MCs and where their names come from.
Kaye -- Baby name site
Skylar -- Came with his
Helena -- Name from an old WIP
Troy -- Mom suggested this one
Wren -- I could say she came with hers, but I've just really loved this name ever since I saw Footloose
Jesse -- Came with his