Monday, February 22, 2010

What planet is that?

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  My time was mainly cleaning house and much needed family time.  I was quite a happy little bee when I looked over at my followers block.  51 --yes-- 51 where did that number come from?  I can't believe that anyone thinks that I'm interesting.  So thanks for making me feel accepted--it makes me smile.

Also, Thanks for your feedback on the Snowflake Method.  I am trying it but it was great to hear that some of you do things by the 'seat of your pants' and have had success.  So far, I have been flying 'by the seat of my pants' and to be quite honest it feels the most comfortable but I will try other methods to see if it helps me become a better writer.  I may post my one liner tomorrow.

So on with my post.
I thought of you Michelle Gregory (beautiful chaos) when I started this post. I need to come up with names for my novel.  Not just names of people but names of things not of this world.  I have been racking my brain and have come up with nothing.  I may be trying too hard and when I do that I get nothing.  I stand in awe at the authors/movie folks who come up with a whole planet that includes a whole new way of life ie. George Lucas, JK Rowling, Tolkien, etc.

Do any of you have any advice? Have any of you needed to come up with names of other worldly places, languages, races of people, etc.?  If you have, how have you gone about naming things?

Don't forget about Michelle's giveaway.  Her book Eldala--I have to read this one.

Have a great day!

13 comments:

  1. Oh, boy! I'm glad that I don't have to invent names of other worlds! Glad that I can stick with the past! Good luck! :-)

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  2. Yeah, good luck with that! I don't create other worlds...I still can't figure out this one! :) I do love coming up with character names...most of them come from people I've known. Sorry, not much help, but wishing you lots of luck!!

    Kelly

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  3. I'm right there with you! Although, my other world is already named, it was such a hard thing to do. I went through a whole bunch of common words and added different endings to them. That's how I came up with my world.

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  4. I can choose character names fairly easily, but when it comes to book titles or anything involving creativity, I'm lost. I do like names that sound Celtic or Welsh when it comes to fantasy...

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  5. I'm with you on this one, since I write a lot of science fiction and fantasy. Unless something really strikes me when I'm trying to thin of it, I'll usually just write a descriptor in [brackets] and leave it for later ponderance.

    The other thing that works okay for me is Google Translator, which I have in a widget on my homepage; if I have a noun idea, I'll translate it to whatever languages seem right, then make a mashup of the words.

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  6. If I can't find exactly the right name for a character I will choose something that is similar. I then start mixing up the letters until I get something that works. Like Chandel (last name of a character) came from chandelier.

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  7. Yeah, that is tricky. I haven't had to do that yet, but one day I probably will. I did read a good book about that kind of thing by Orson Scott Card, it was called Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy. It had a whole chapter on exactly that topic. I've had most success by being a seat of your pantser too!

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  8. I like Summer and Bethany's ideas! :-)

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  9. I'm pretty much a pantser who takes lots of notes ;) Works for me.

    As for names...hmm, I've had to come up with some names, but not a lot. Sometimes, I like to look up words in other languages. Latin is fun. Or French. You can come up with some pretty cool ideas from that.

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  10. Congrats on your now 52 followers! YAY!

    As for names, I just look through one of those baby name books to find my names. So I'm probably not much help. : )

    Good luck on finding the perfect names. They really make all the difference, I think. : )

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  11. Just a thought, but what about some of the word verification words. sometimes they are so funky. Maybe you can find one that sounds like your world or a language? Just a thought.

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  12. I've had to come up with a few otherworldly names for my novel. I don't know that I have a process other than to try not to think too hard about it. I've also researched Greek mythology and Latin plant names for inspiration. With a little tweeking, it's not too hard to make them your own. I don't know that any of the words I've come up with are that fabulous, but I'm happy with them. :)

    Congrats on reaching 52 followers (soon to be 53 when I'm done commenting). Thanks for stopping by my blog and for following. :)

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  13. Names, Eeek, yeah that is hard. I had an easy time coming up with my character names, but languages, and worlds? I guess I would read some other books and maybe try some variations, then see what you come up with on your own? Watch Star Wars - because it's totally awesome ;o)

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