Eleven days until NaNoWriMo. I can’t wait.
If you’re plotting a story to start on the first of the month, you probably are in search of character names. Which can sometimes be quite difficult.
To solve my naming quandaries when I started writing, Mom was kind enough to offer to purchase a baby name book for me. As I sat on the bookstore floor, I flipped through the pages, amazed by the lists of names. It was as enthralling as a dictionary. When I came to my senses, I flipped to the B section. And I promptly put the book back on the shelf. Any book without my name couldn’t have a large enough variety for me. After a few more books, I finally found one containing Bryna and was able to leave the bookstore satisfied.
I’m sure it looked odd: an eight-year-old carrying around a Samantha doll (yes, the American Girl kind) in one arm and a baby name book in the other. Regardless, it saw years of use as characters came to mind. M was a favorite letter for a while. Several pages from that section are now missing. I haven’t given anyone an M name for a while, just to even out the numbers.
As the Internet and my computer abilities grew, the baby name book fell by the wayside. Now, if I’m in need of a name, all I have to do is hop onto a site, type in a few search parameters–origin, meaning, gender–if I feel so inclined, and voila! The guitar-playing grandma is now Elinore.