I've got several ideas for naming a fiery seductress, I just don't know how to build the character around the name yet. I'd like some opinions on the ideas I have.
Suggest Characters around different names on the list.
Mhm. Morgan LeFay is based off of Morrigan (or The Morrigan) a mythical Irish Character. Colcannon is a kind of casserole (also Irish), and Fianna Fail was (or is) an Irish political group. I happened to come up with the three names while reading a book I got from Barnes & Nobles, and Fianna Fail does sound rather feminine to me (Sorry Steve).
Fianna Fail is one of Ireland's main political parties.
I came up with 3 of the names while reading I Never Knew That About Ireland. And actually Steve, What could I replace Fail with? Any ideas (Perhaps Fianna Strauss)?
EDIT: I've narrowed it down to Fianna Strauss and Morrigan Fae.
Well now it's weird, because it's a very Irish first name with a very German second name.
Quick point: Wouldn't a fiery seductress just - be? Fiery is a temperament, and seductress is a chosen social role, neither of these need to have a name. Frankly, someone born Twinkly Toes could match that description (as per rose by another name rules). Any of the names you've mentioned would be a stage name, such as most actors take. But in that case, wouldn't it be too obvious a ploy, both in your writing and to the reader? You're depriving the reader a chance to form their own opinion about the character of this seductress by calling her Miss I'm-here-to-look-good outright. Make her a seductress through her actions, not her name.
Such be my counsel
Indeed, but finding a name often helps me develop the perfect person for the role.
Then again, the first few sound like prostitute psuedonyms, so I think it's safe to assume that she did choose it.
Yeah xD In a story I'm writing, I STILL haven't came up with a name for my protagonist. ?
One of many antagonists actually. My protagonist is Benjamin.
I know; I'm just reinforcing several others' point. Name a character based on personality. But if you work better, well, we can't stop you.?
I guess you can't :). Many of my methods are/would be considered weird.
?Don't worry xD I'm starting to stick post-its onto my wall.
I have an entire universe in my head (not literally). I couldn't get it down on paper enough since like 7th grade. I just wish I had video game design experience.
Video Game Design is a series of fairly simple concepts and details that make games fun and playable, which you might not notice until people point them out to you. A week or so of research on the internet, knowledge of how storylines work, and some time spent observing a good DM guiding players through a Dungeons and Dragons sesh and you can probably design a fun game if you know what the mechanics are going to be.
Video Game Development, and Video Game Marketting, on the other hand... That's where the clusterfuck shows up. That's when you need a lot of experience, and things get complex and messy.
Well Development and Marketing would need serious work for me. I've done a few Unity Projects and put them on GameJolt. They can't really be called games though.
I sometimes work from the end to the beginning when writing a story XD People use different methods when doing things, and it may seem weird to others, but it all depends on what works best for you personally.
So true. I'm just tired of being a geek about something no one else can geek out about. Oh wait, wrong reply column, I'm one off...
Again, work from the ground up. Why is she a fiery seductress? What caused her to be that way: A strong need to stand out? A lack of attention while growing up that's now being compensated for? Innate good looks which were weaponized? Because she liked the color red and went with the persona? Because it was her favorite character growing up?
Whatever the answer is will define her strengths and limitations (which are important to a good villain)
She grew up in a slum below the bridge. She was the youngest child on the street and often picked on for her thin legs, 'Chickin Legs!' they'd gleefully cry every time they saw her. Soon she would learn to keep her head down, and run home, whenever she could hear them nearby. Small, pained tears would strike the ground in the wake of her steps. None of her siblings had the time nor will to stand up for her, and her mother was too busy running the house alone to care. At the age of 8, in a stroke of fortune her father finally found a well paying job in a coal mine. While the hours were long and he would come home everyday with a raspy cough, he was able to put good food on the table for all five of his children, children whose names he could hardly recall after a night of drinking the pain down.
The years passed, and one day she woke, and found herself no longer fitting her rough clothes. Her legs were long and voluptuous, her almond eyes were beckoning, and she was growing into a beautiful woman on the outside. When she walked out onto the street it was to wolf whistles, not jeers. Countless boys vied for her attention, but she never forgot her childhood, and those long, cold nights crying alone. She never forgave. She brushed them off, one by one, relishing the role of the taunter, and not being the victim. She excelled in education, and kept an active social life. She sought out the noble lords' sons, those vainglorious wretches, and through them tasted the power wealth brought. She was not an ice queen however, and on her weekends she spent time at the orphanage, helping those who had no one else to reach out for. She helped them for herself, in the hope that others would not have to suffer the pain and solitude she once had.
By the way, did you come across a name for the girl in those last two paragraphs? ;)
Figure out WHY she is what she is, the name will come on its own.
Alternate solution: Pick out portrait headshots of characters in existing media that fill this archetype, see if they inspire a name.
You're comically missing the point, write something with the name, and get feedback on that
Why is this such a big deal? I named an easygoing Mad Inventor and Private Investigator after the obligatory love interest in a Chinese Batman Comic and picked a self-righteous, sandwich-loving assassin's last name out of an alphabetical list of German last names and pulled his first name off some random hearthrob putz from Gray's Anatomy or something. Their names fit well enough, they're characters that I write about all the time.
True, they aren't magical symbolic whatchamajiggies, but Sapphira and her pimp, Rocky didn't exactly grow up to be geologists, now did they? Pick something that's got a ring to it and would mean something to the parents. That's how real names are chosen in real life. Symbolism in names doesn't matter unless you're writing a heavy-handed allegory.
This may be the most lucid comment I've seen you come up with.. till date
Edit Locking for posterity!
Which definition? I've been accused of both kinds of lucidness before.
Assuming you and I are looking at the same dictionary, both
Well, now I'm offended. I can't believe people think my thoughts aren't clear enough. It's shameful! How dare they accuse me of being disorganized! I used to hate Swiftstryker for the exact same reason, but now I find myself in the same position and have no idea how I got in or how to get out. If you catch my meaning, or don't... Which seems to be a running theme here.
Who's Swiftstryker? Haven't seen them around.
Your lucidity of thought usually isn't the problem, pangolins for example are fairly simple creatures to understand. What's mystifying is both what thoughts led to you invoking Pangolins, and why
(Anyways this is getting off topic, back to naming villains!)
Swiftstryker was a very Dank fellow/not fellow who used to roam the forums. Nobody ever knew what they hell he/she was thinking, it was impossible to tell. They posted this picture in a discussion about mod controversey or something, and apparently it had a point, but nobody knew what it was.
Well, you see, pangolins start with P. A many-authored story without pangolins is piss. Piss and pangolins start with the same letter. They immediately came to mind.
Joanna Jackman is a good villainess name, but Crystal Meyers is a good porn name. Crystal Jackman or Joanna Meyers should be a reasonable compromise.
There's no way that you wouldn't understand if I suggested Hugh Mungus
Tracy Maye sounds like a porn star so that's probably the best bet.
@StrykerL is insanely on point in this thread. Endeavour, writing your characters after a name is not a good idea. Show, don't tell. Reality is stranger than fiction (Usain Bolt) but that doesn't mean you should be doing this.
Now that I think about it...;-; I can't think of anything for my protagonist. Everything seems wrong. :( I just write "Protag" in my notes. xD
I've actually tried several names on this site. :< Not working. ;-;
I often make the protagonist nameless and just goes by nicknames, rank, job or whatever swear words someone is calling him.
This also works for this thread, since the protagonist is often also a villain anyway.
Stop spamming the forums, please.
Yeah, I'll go now.
Naomi for the win!