06 June, 2018

June IWSG Post

It's the first Wednesday to this month, June. That means it is time for another post for The Insecure Writers Support Group. You can learn more about it here.

I will just answer the optional question,

"What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?"

I never really had a trouble naming characters in the past, but lately it can get a little tricky. That's because I noticed a lot of foreign websites were removed recently after the 2016 election, and I have untraditionally foreign characters in my WIPs. It can get hard trying to find a long list of names if I use a lot of characters from certain countries, like Lithuania, China, Japan and others. I have to purchase books in order to get a long list that I need. 

However, I think it is harder to come up with book titles than naming characters. It is easy, but for me, titling any of my WIPs is difficult. I keep in mind the things I learned about titling books, but also for me, manga and games. I know the title has to be intriguing, easy to remember and to make it convenient for most people to pronounce. This is another thing I factor when naming characters with foreign names too. I pick a name I like the best, but I try to think how easy it is to pronounce. 

Anyway, you know most of my WIPs are not yet titled due to this. I am aware not to make titles too long, convenient and yet enticing to say, and something the author would proudly stand behind. For many of my projects, I haven't found good titles yet. I write the project because I could be stuck trying to title the project when I can just title it later, but work on the actual WIP. Recently though, I noticed when I am getting ideas, sometimes I can forget to name my characters for a new project. I just do a quick search for names. Anyway, I just let myself get inspired for the title later on...


  1. Names are tricky. In real life a name can only be changed with money and a court appearance if it's to be legal.

    I like creating titles. Character names, not so much.


    1. Names can be tricky. I have tried going through the process in real life of changing my name, weird.

      It's interesting how others find titles easier than naming characters.

  2. I think having a working title is a good idea so that you can get on with the writing and figure out a good title later when inspiration strikes.

    Cheers - Ellen

  3. Easy to pronounce titles and character names are a plus!

    1. Yes. I like using foreign characters and titles, but I do factor how easy it is to pronounce.


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