I have a confession to make.
I have never actually read Harry Potter.
*Gasp* *Shock* *Awe*
I know, I know... It is on my TBR list, though. That counts for something, right?
The reason for this confession is simple.
There was an epiphany that centers around J.K. Rowlings. It's important to note that this wasn't my epiphany. I read about it on Pinterest and then had an epiphany of my own.
Finding/Creating great name for fantasy might be easier than we think.
The pin focused on the names J.K. used for several of her locations.
One of them was Grimauld Place.
Does that name sound like anything else?
Well, let's break it down.
Can you hear it yet?
Grim Old Place.
That's right. There's a good chance that one of the scene locations of one of the most popular series around was just Grim Old Place all smashed together.
Oh, you say. That's just one name. Right?
Well, actually, if you break up other names in the series you see something similar.
Diagon Alley --- Diagonally
Knockturn Alley ---- Nocturnally
Okay, so what exactly does this mean for us.
Well, I guess it means that we should just have fun when it comes to naming our characters and world. Yes, I suppose there are some limits to what we should go with. Then again, maybe there aren't. Maybe those limits won't apply to every genre and piece of writing equally. Either way, what's the harm in trying a wide variety of words and phrases and seeing if we can't come up with something new out of the old.
Okay, you're turn.
What kind of names do you like to use?
Can you think of any other novels that use clever names?
As always I'd love to hear from you.