September 29, 2008: The Trouble With Names

One of the toughest parts of writing a fantasy is coming up with names. Sure, political systems, histories, cultures and religions aren’t easy, but names? Oh. My.

This need for names is driven more by Notes from Fenis than the wip. If the letter writers aren’t characters in the wip — and they aren’t — then they need names that reflect that. The names have to have some kind of internal consistency so they seem as if they’re part of the same world; they need to please me; and they can’t sound too much like a word in this world.

So I’m spending the next day or two trying to come up with names.


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