How to choose the best name for your character

A name is very important to your reader. Names, first and last, define a character enabling the reader to envision the character. 

Do you struggle with selecting a cool name?

I do! Every time I sit down to develop a new character, I struggle.

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about selecting the best name.  I’ve tried name generators and had mixed results. On rare occasions, a name comes to me and just fits. You know what I mean?

Other times as with the antagonist in my current WIP, selecting a name is a major pain in my ass. I’ve changed her name a dozen times or so it seems. Her name still doesn’t work for me. At times I’ve called her Madame X just so I could get a scene down. Come to think of it Madame X, hmm. No, definitely not.

I recently received a newsletter with a video about this very subject. And as usual, I learned something new.  This video is so good, I watched it three times. So I decided to share.

Here are the tips I gleaned from Chris Fox.

Start with an adjective that describes the character.

  • Short or tall?
  • Fat or slim?
  • Little/small?
  • Rugged or polished?
  • Young/old?

Next, add color.

  • Black, or white?
  • Pale or tanned?
  • Red
  • Dark /light

Combine these attributes with a noun that describes temperament or appearance. Such as…

  • Beard
  • Hair
  • Eyes
  • Mad
  • Hateful
  • Funny
  • Humble

Or combine with social status.

  • Baker
  • Politician
  • Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Knight
  • Farmer
  • Blacksmith
  • Social climber

Or combine with the region they’re from. A city, wealthy, and well-educated or a person from Europe, may have a longer first name. If they are from a small town their name is more often as not a shortened version or nickname.

  • City (highrise, small apartment)
  • Small town (suburban house)
  • Farm
  • Northern city/town
  • Southern city/town
  • Swamp
  • Mountains/beach
  • France
  • Africa
  • Italy
  • Ireland

A name comes from 4 primary categories.

  1. Patronymic: a name derived from that of the father or a paternal ancestor usually by the addition of an affix
  2. Locative: If a person from a certain region, or country, you may want to anglicize a name or translate to a different language. Google translate is great for this.
  3. Socioeconomic/Job title/status: of, relating to or involving a combination of social and economic factors
  4. Nicknames:  a substitute for the proper name of a familiar person, place, or thing, for affection or ridicule
    1. Looks, behavior often attributed to this name.

My tip: What finally helped me select the perfect name for my antagonist?

Google! After using these suggestions I came up with two or three I liked. Then I Googled the meanings of each. Voila! Found what I needed.

At last, I settled on Margo Richardson for my troublemaker.

Question: 

How do you select your characters name?

Want another great website to find a cool name?

Try13 Ideas for Creating Cool Character Names

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Watch for upcoming security changes

No one wants their website hacked, am I right?

 

However, I do wish the techies looking down from cyberspace would stop monkeying around and tweaking every little thing on the internet.

Just when I believe I’ve gotten everything under control, bam! Time to relearn and figure out just what the hell is changing now.

A big thanks to Nicholas C. Rossis for keeping me and everyone up to date on the coming changes to Google Chrome. Apparently, it has something to do with website security. OMG

Now you may say, “I don’t use Google Chrome.” But where Google goes other search engines are soon to follow. So take note, read the article and watch for changes.

So, what is this Google Chrome update all about?

  • Google Chrome has an update coming out the end of July. Chrome 68.
  • The new update will mark ALL websites an “not secure.”
  •  Some hosting websites will add additional Security Socket Layer–or SSL for us, some may not.
  • If the website host doesn’t add the additional SSL, we will need to add one ourselves to make sure communications between our site and a visitor is secure.

Think I got all that right. Sure hope WordPress.com adds it for me. Hate when I have to figure all this shit out for myself.

Click on the link below and read the entire article for the bigger picture.

SSL Security And Social Share Counts By  Nicholas C. Rossis

Talk to me…

Does anyone out there know if WordPress.com will fix this for us?

Do you worry about visiting unsecure websites?

Did you know about this change?

Do you think it will impact bloggers? How?

Check out these links for more information about Chrome 68.

What’s New In DevTools (Chrome 68)

A secure web is here to stay

Chrome 68 to condemn all unencrypted sites by summer

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Are you up on the latest Kindle technology?

Kindle in Motion!

Kindle in Motion is a totally different format than Kindle A\V or Kindle with Audio\Video. Which makes me wonder if KM will fare better.

With little fanfare, Amazon introduced Kindle in Motion in the middle of 2016. Not sure how I missed this rollout, apparently I was lost in space. LOL

After reading a recent post about the new moving ebooks, I decided to do a little research. If you didn’t know, I love research. Hello, GoogleGoogle search Jean's Writing

As usual, I’ve provided more links at the end of this post for your reading pleasure. 

Size is important and the size of Kindle in Motion books range between 200-600mb. And apparently, there is a lot involved in producing a Kindle in Motion ebook other than formatting.

After watching this I saw dollar signs! Cha-ching, going out not coming in. I don’t know about you guys but this technique will most likely price me out of formatting my books with Kindle in Motion.Losing money, money flying away Bitmoji Jean M CogdellThe artwork, in and of itself, is expensive. But, animated artwork is downright prohibitive for most writers. Unless you’ve enjoyed the success of JK Rowling.

Food for thought. An author might cut costs by animating just the cover and not the entire book, but would the reader be disappointed?

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Do you think these books are distracting or entertaining? 

Do you think Kindle in Motion will increase sales?

Or do you think the cost will be prohibitive for most writers?

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Some Amazon Kindle-in-Motion books 

 / Kindle in Motion – Ebooks Beyond Black & White

Friday Book Cover: Kindle in Motion

What is Kindle in Motion By Piotr Kowalczyk

Kindle in Motion: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about Amazon’s New Enhanced Format (Screenshots) Posted on 13 August 2016 by Nate Hoffelder

How to prevent social media ignoring your images

Remember the devil is in the details.

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Size and description do matter.

If the dimensions are under 250 x 250, some social media sites won’t pick it up off of your website. So don’t make them too small.  And if you fail to add information about the image, search engines can’t determine what your image is about.

Google, Yahoo, Bing or any of the search engines can’t “read” the image itself, so ALT TEXT is important for ranking your images in the search results!

The image title can be helpful to the viewer as it could increase the understanding the image. It can also be beneficial to those who use screen-reading software such as those with vision impairments.

When a reader hovers over the image, the IMAGE TITLE pops up. This can be a great tool. You could put “Click for info” or “Click to buy.” Get the idea.

Here is a short video to help.

Now if I could just remember to do it every time I add images to my blog.

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Do you always remember to enter information on your images?

Have you thought of using the Image Title Attribute as a sales tool?

 

And as always, great articles below.

The Difference Between Image Alt Text and Title in WordPress

When To Optimize Alt and Title Text for Images by 

10 TIPS ON BEST IMAGE SIZE FOR YOUR BLOG

 

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