Pick My Brain

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STOP RIGHT THERE!

What do you think you’re doing? Naming and killing fictional people without any moral quarrel with yourself?

What? You’re not even sure if your hero’s name is final?

You’re begging to get Mirandized! Hands were I can see them!

You have right to be uncertain. Anything you write can be misheard, misunderstood and misinterpreted. You have the right to overcome your fear of failure. Chances are that you’re a poor wanna-be-a-writer hobo and you can’t afford an attorney, so I can take care of you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?

Writing fictional stories where fictional people are killing off fictional characters, makes your head sometimes spin like an insane cuckoo clock. E.L. Doctorow sums up writing the best:

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”

Jehaw! Let me divide my personality and paint this white canvas with my writer brain juice:

(All character names are up for grabs)

Daniel Burka
Kendrick Wesker
Moss Perrin
Viggo Kissinger
Rayen Scardamalia
Zed Carver
Charles Pilkington
Noah Grover
Elise Norwood
Ninetta Tivoli
Jacob Grover Phoenix
Gabriel Newell
Joe Rambaldi
Kendrick Durant
Patrick Hyvert
Gary Breedlove
Patrick Chess
Edward Said
Nigel Leeves
Nigel Mandrake
Mette Le Pen
Frank Shilling
Kevin Archer
Sasha Stark
Signe Stark
Gideon Joyce
Jake Nyman
Krista Oinas
Eric Rothovius
Erik Wolff
Niko Norvapalo
Sixten Pantzar
Eino Nokelainen
Herman Green
Ari Myhrberg
Marko Nevalainen
Gideon Jack
Seth Parks
Ernest Bloom
Adam Durant
Saul Castle
Simon Castle
Seth Sheldon
Gideon Wylde
Milla Jumisko
Miska Palo
Otso Neitola
Ilona Lotta
Kreeta Keloneva
Eino Keloneva
Kuutti Keloneva
Roni Neitola
Klaus Kelvin
Knut Winter
Kuutti Kelvin
Hugo Green
Titus Green
Mette Jungner
Sirius Winter
Noel Green
Kelvin Green
Viljo Winter
Tor Id
Kaius Winter
Bruno Kalmari
Kuutti Kalmari
Reko Winter
Armas Winter
Alex Crimstein
Tor Id
Eric Van Bokhoven
Eric Bure
Alex Bure
Marcus Zilliacus
Kelvin Waters
Ida Jungner
Hugo Jallow
Lyra Id
Daniel Burka
Lyra Gardemeister
Nemo Neiman
Saga Martin
Astrid Elfving
Eric Sirén
Saga Martin
Knut Kelvin
Said Saijets
Said Sparrok
Eric Oddvard
Peik Mann
Wade Wakings
Sixten Dover
Frank Forseti
Knut Sabel
Roar Brooks
Calder Barks
Eric Dorris
Knut Young
Calder Krooks
Moss Conway
Heath Dover
Moss Clowser
Sixten Sabel
Frans Forseti
Eric Bure
Felix Fabritius
Lucas Krooks
Roar Brooks
Frank Forseti
Nemo Forseti
Eric Skoog
Frans Fabritius
Eric Liptak
Signe Skoog
Sixten Whitcomb
Sixten Kreivi
Elias Helve
Nemo Pimental
Marcus Vento
Sixten Prest
Harald Gardemeister
Nemo Ilander
Nemo Qvick
Harald Wisden
Tor Krook
Sixten Pantzar
Eric Valve
Eino Tor Id
Tomas Helve
Klaus Angeria
Mimmi Mortensen
Mette Ilves
Frank Berlin
Armi Ilander
Erica Lillvis
Armi Nylund
Lila Nylund
Bruce Bure
Grita Swanö
Saga Forseti
Venus Redkin
Elia Skoog
Frank Forseti
Yasmin Forseti
Aino Stark
Armi Stark
Aino Valo
Lyra Nylund
Nora Luoti
Rune Uggla
Rune Savin
Armi Martin
Heidi Neiman
Isla Martin
Isla Junger
Hilla Harkki
Marcus Arkadi
Leif Atlas
Ada Lillvis
Eino Winter
Nora Lyhty
Nora Vartia
Erin Elfving

Surnames

Ervasti
Nevalainen
Dufva
Kreivi
Inget
Hallamaa
Savin
Paulin
Orden
Mantere
Vartia
Valjus
Decesare
Blitzer
Lynch
Tammia
Ritaranta
Harju
Suvanto
Keloneva
Zilliacus
Siniluoto
Rapo
Farfan
Kinder
Roark
Wheelock
Wuopio
Conway
Blowtorch
Hautain
Elfving
Croswell
Clowser
Uggla
Trast
Still
Saijets
Sabel
Rasmus
Riipi
Reuter
Breatharian
Theriot
Laplant
Raglin
Fabritius
Atlas
Skoog
Sulander
Ilvesluoto
Hovi
Gardemeister
Grekula
Hagman
Vasander
Opas
Liddle
Nygren
Solonin
Raivio
Paldan
Norna
Peili
Ramstadius
Granat
Carpelan
Hartzell
Hellman
Grip
Paige
Haldin
Grayden
Growden
Valo
Herrmann
Nietos
Barksdale
Close
Goforth
Melancon
Heredia
Trinidad
Coombs
Mesa
Huskey
Weatherspoon
Merriweather
Bugg
Lenoir
Stringfellow
Pimental
Woodrum
Horrocks
Kubik
Liptak
Haden
Haider
Vento
Pappalardo
Ruder
Valpas
Poole
Nomad
Loiske
Nevari
Inman
Angeria
Lavia
Haltia
First names

Norther
Roar
Karl
Nadia
Tyko
Kasimir
Leif
Reko
Hugo
Yasmin
Savanna
Lyra
Mila
Lucius
Alfred
Helka
Hessu
Roni
Noel
Joel
Varpu
Violetta
Ukko
Ines
Anton
Eric
Peter
Severi
Max
Ruut
Reidar
Sasha
Teo
Erin
Ilona
Ruut
Kristoffer
Seth
Eero
Adam
Ethan
Hymy
Joel
Daniel
Javier
Ilari
Justus
Rudolf

OK. There’s some inspiration. Remember, sometimes too many made-up names can bore your readers to death. Simple names are better for balance. But if your left brain dominance is all about fantasy and über-weird names, a few familiar names here and there can make you a bit more believable. (Or not.)

Here are a few examples of satisfying character names that send subliminal messages about their temper/profession/interests/hobbies etc.

Franck Dotzler  – The special Investigator in Taken 3. Connecting odds and dots…
Jack Joyce – The main protagonist of Quantum Break. Joyce = Choice.
Max Payne – The main badass and pain in the ass in Max Payne. Pain!
Madison Paige – The reporter in Heavy Rain. Gotta write more pages!
Robert Langdon – The static character. Speaks the language of symbology.
Darth Vader – Some creep who breathes too noisily. All about death and invading and being a bad bad father.

Your turn. What’s your favorite character name ever?

4 thoughts on “Pick My Brain

  1. I really like the Kuutti names you have in your list, like Kuutti Kalmari maybe? He (or she?) sounds like a stone-cold killer perhaps or a seafood fan.
    One of my favourite character names is “Heathcliff” from Wuthering Heights because he has no past and his present gets so messed up it wrecks everyone’s future. He’s out on the heaths and on a mental cliff….

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    1. Kuutti is a boy’s name, very rare but as cute as a baby panda. It means a baby seal. A seafood fan, totally 🙂

      OK. I want to read and know more about this Heathcliff fellow…

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