Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook

Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook

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by Kenyon, Charlie Sweet, Hal Blythe
     
 

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Call your characters by their right names. This book will help you. Now you won't have to use baby name books or your teelphone directory for ideas for character names. More than 20,000 character names are included right here, along with valuable instruction for selecting names, and how those names will affect your story.

There is a method to name selection, and

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Call your characters by their right names. This book will help you. Now you won't have to use baby name books or your teelphone directory for ideas for character names. More than 20,000 character names are included right here, along with valuable instruction for selecting names, and how those names will affect your story.

There is a method to name selection, and Sherrilyn Kenyon, along with Writer's Digest contributors Hal Blythe and Charlie sweet, teach you how to apply it to your own character-naming.

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An introductory essay gives advice on the importance of name choice in fiction. What follows is an impressive collection (a lifetime labor of love) comprising 20,000 first and last names and their meanings. Arrangement is by origin, e.g. Old English, Gaelic, Hebrew, Persian, Hindu--36 categories in all; the index is an alphabetical list of names, allowing access without prior knowledge of origin. Though useful to writers, lots of parents-to-be will enjoy this compendium. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898796322
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
02/15/1994
Pages:
359
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.27(d)

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Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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lrjohnson13 More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely comprehensive and excellent for seasoned and aspiring writers. The listing by ‘cultures’ is extremely helpful for reference by what writers are actually writing about. It tells you where the names came from and their meanings making choosing a name all that much more fun and appealing. AND you could also use it for potential baby names!
Ailanthus More than 1 year ago
I love to write, but I always get stuck on character names. Not only does this book provide names and meanings from many different origins it also lists surnames and covers naming practices in the different countries. This book is great!
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Frankie-B More than 1 year ago
This has saved my hide already! Yes, I have baby name books and I've hyperlinked all the baby name websites I could imagine, but this book is organized so well. I could do a search for a certain cultural base, or by the meaning of the name. It's easy to use and most of the names are actually usable. Well, there are a couple of names in there I wouldn't use, but if I were doing a historical? Maybe. Anyway, great book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a writer who stresses more about names of charectors than almost any thing else this book was a gold mine. It gives the how-tos of nameing male and female charectors depending on their personality, description and the type of novel (i.e. sci-fi or mystery) then it provides male and female names with their deffinitions catigoized under their country of origin. The only thing I found this book lacking was that there was no pronunciation of the names.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The previous reviewer who left a poor review didn't even have the correct information in one example. While this may not mean the book is correct, the reviewer may be mistaken. I would agree with the other reviewers that the sound of the name is often more important than the meaning. Unfortunately, this book does not tell you how to pronounce the names, but it is still a good source of ideas. If you're really all that concerned about the meaning of a name, you should buy several books and cross-reference anyway, because I'm sure this is not the only book in the world that MAY contain mistakes. If you just want a book to help name your characters this one will do fine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is definitly a good source for names. Also, I could care less if the name Marie is listed as meaning 'bitter', it is the sound of a name that is important to me. I recommend this book because it includes helpful information on naming your characters and why its so important. Better than a book on naming babies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm an aspiring writer and this book was recommended to me via another book. I figured what the heck? I was going to buy a baby name book anyway, why not get a book that also includes surnames? The whole Myrna/Maria episode rather irritates me because naming my characters doesn't really have to do with what the name means, but what image it portrays. I would definately recommend this book to authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is great. it helped me come up with names for characters in stories that i have been writing. you should try it.