How to Name Your Characters

This is such an amazing blog post on how to name your characters. This is great. Thank you so much. Rachel!

Rachel Poli

Naming Your Characters: First Names

Your name is part of what makes you you. That’s no different from the characters in your story.

Some people say that names aren’t important. It’s the description and development throughout the story that creates loveable, relateable characters.

I think names are pretty important as well. Plus, they’re a lot of fun.

There are two ways I come up with names for my characters:

1. I check the meanings behind them.

I love to look up various names and check their meanings. It makes the character feel more one with the story, if that makes any sense.

I think it shows that you put thought into the name of your character. It shows that your character is important to the plot somehow. It’s like the Story Gods have chosen that name for your character because they have a big destiny to fulfill–which is your plot.

For example, in the…

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February/March 2016 Writing Contests

Thank you so much for all your efforts, Rachel Poli! We appreciate you’re providing us with all these contests! You’re great!

Rachel Poli

February March 2016 Writing ContestsFebruary 2016

Type: Poetry and/or Short Story
Hosted by: Westmoreland
Deadline: February 16, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Flash Fiction
Hosted By: Fish Publishing
Deadline: February 28, 2016
Entry Fee: $14

Type: Short Story (new writers only)
Hosted By: Glimmer Train
Deadline: February 29, 2016
Entry Fee: $18

Type: Flash Fiction
Hosted By: Women On Writing
Deadline: February 29, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

March 2016

Type: Short Fiction
Hosted by: Hunger Mountain
Deadline: March 1,2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Creative Nonfiction
Hosted by: Hunger Mountain
Deadline: March 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Poetry
Hosted by: Hunger Mountain
Deadline: March 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Children’s, middle grade, or young adult
Hosted by: Hunger Mountain
Deadline: March 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Short story/flash fiction
Hosted by: Grammar Ghoul Press
Deadline: March 13, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Poetry about Food
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: March 15…

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