Posted on 04/20/2021 at 01:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Anne R. Allen points out that a common source of names for writers — the obituaries in the daily newspaper — has become less frequently used (or less readily available).

But the good news is that a number of other resources have popped up, especially in the internet age.

And no matter which brainstorming method you choose for picking a character name, there are a few rules worth heeding so that they resonate with readers rather than sticking out awkwardly in their brains and disrupting the story’s flow.

Allen’s ten strategies for choosing a character name — plus a fair amount of writer feedback in the comments — are on her blog.

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