Updated: Nov 18
In yesterday's post, one of the overdone fantasy techniques I mentioned was using way too many diacritics. As far as I'm concerned, this includes apostrophes in names. Honestly, when I see those all over the place in a fantasy novel, my reaction is something like, "Okay, this author is trying way too hard" or (in the most sarcastic way possible) "Look at you with all those fancy letters/apostrophes. So foreign."
So what other ways can we go about naming our fantasy characters? Here are two ideas:
#1. Use what I call the cut-and-paste-names technique:
When I found this on Pinterest, the post didn't link to anywhere, but I found a similar name generator here.
#2. (My personal favorite) Take a regular name and change, add, and/or remove letters until you come up with something you like. For example, if we start with the name Geraldine, we can generate quite a few possibilities: Change one vowel --> Guraldine Change two vowels --> Geroldane Change all vowels --> Gorelduni Change one consonant --> Geralvine Change two consonants --> Leratdine Change all consonants --> Remapwize Remove letters --> Gera Add letters --> Geraldinex Change, add, and remove letters --> Perreld Obviously, some of these results work better as names than others. This technique can also work for sci-fi and for naming things other than people (planets, fictional countries, fantasy creatures, etc.).
Try coming up with a name using each of these techniques. Then comment below or use the links at the top of this page to share your results!