How to get inspiration to strike


I love naming characters and places. A lot of the character names I use have symbolic meaning, or are an homage to certain people or things. I blather on about such things in the backmatter of the books.

One of my favorite ways to search for names is maps. I love looking at them–it’s like a little adventure in itself.

Then there are the times where you just get stumped.

With hard-copy phone books becoming a thing of the past and much more inconvenient than a simple search, there’s now a different way to get names.

Enter the writer’s friend, the name generator.

If you Google “name generator,” you’ll get a ton. One of the best sites is Seventh Sanctum; it has a virtual library of name generators, from the ordinary to absolutely whackadoodle.

Name generators are entertaining and, if you’re not careful, a superbig timesuck.

Think you waste time on social media? Wait until you try these!

This this is not an exhaustive list–go to Seventh Sanctum and discover that for yourself. I’ll give you a few examples of the generators below, along with the creations they spawned.

  • Dark Elf Names: Deralol, Didinler, and Efade.
  • Cat Being Namer; Katja, Mioow, Punxi
  • Realms: Kingdom of the Gallows (yikes!), Barony of the Bone, Empire of the Whales, Realm of the Forty Trumpets
  • Tavern Names: The Weeping Priestess Inn, The Robber and the Witch, The Goat’s Alehouse, The Destitute Horse
  • Superheroes: Timewrestler, Poisonia, Turboscreamer, Werereptile
  • Governments: Theocracy of Provinces, United Regency, Heavenly Kingdom (wait… that sounds familiar…)

I do have a favorite, and I only recently discovered it.

Magical Legend Pony Generator


I have a daughter who is a very big fan of My Little Pony. I have watched a LOT of the television series and we went to see the recent movie twice in the theatre. And of course we own the Blu-ray.

I know way too much about these Ponies.

But that knowledge makes the generator a lot of fun, since I can find humor in the following crazy names:

  • Sapphireriver
  • Blueberryslippers
  • Glowflake

I also found a romance novel title generator recently. Here are some fun ones it whipped up for me:

  • The Weeping Viscount (obviously a Regency romance)
  • The Piano and the Dungeon (Gothic?)
  • Silent Physician (angsty contemporary romance)
  • The Edge of the Stranger (romantic suspense)

Another interesting generator is the Internet Anagram Server (which the site delights in telling you is an anagram itself for “I, rearrangement servant”). Type in your name and see what happens.

Play around with these generators and have fun. And let me know in the comments what crazy things you get from them!


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