How to name your characters, cultures and/or settings in your book, story or novel.
For me, I give thought to a name but I tend to only worry about how it sounds phonetically and not with nomenclature. That’s an obviously bad statement to make without the right explanation. What I mean is that, to me, since I am creating these environments, cultures and characters, what is the system of naming? In other words, like the god of that world, what names can authors create that best represents our character or a peoples?
I like to use ordinary names for ordinary people and fabricated names for those whom require more explanation or have an exotic character. Which is odd that I would name my protagonist ‘Michael’. Isn’t it? Maybe not. Lets wait until the story is released for me to delve into that explanation.
Other names I have used are Billonius, Hermantus, and more. A completely unique name adds that spice of mystery that inherently asks the reader to care more about the under-introduced character. Begging the question requires an answer that leads to more questions. Or not?
As the author the name gives you a starting place for how to approach your culture, characters and settings. Your system should make since within the realm that you are naming. It may not being as accurate as J.R.R. Tolkien but you will have a more stable leg to stand on if you’re consistent.