3. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you’re writing about fictional places)?
Ugh. Names are the hardest part of creating anything for me. I totally suck at it. But sometimes I cheat! I've been Thistle or Thistle-Chaser online for years, so when I needed to name my character in FFXI, I went with Thistle. I didn't get off so easy in WoW, as Thistle was taken. In that case, I made up something. "Okay, start with Th- like in Thistle, then after that..." and I tried out random sounds until I got Thess, and that sounded enough like it could be a name that I went for it. (When Thess changed servers for the first time, somehow Thess was already taken on the new one, so I figured Thester sounded enough like Thess... turns out I hated that name endlessly. When he switched once last time, he got an IC name and became Crowfeathers, which I love.)
Once, where I needed normal people-names (on GarouMUSH) I used a phone book. (It was so long ago we still had/used phone books!) Flipped trough it until I found a first name I liked, then a last name. In later years, I tried using baby name websites, but I never found ones I liked through them.
Rrr, this was a boring question. Oh well, tomorrow's will be
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