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  1. I’ve aways thought names have power and this is true for characters as well as for settings.
    And I like your suggestion to nickname settings. I’ve never thought about it 🙂
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    1. Glad to be of service!

    • Hilary on April 16, 2015 at 3:20 AM

    Hi J – if we’re writing for a larger audience, then we need to make sure our writing clarifies certain things – nicknames could be one of them … and different countries have different approaches to names ..

    So true though what you’re saying .. cheers Hilary
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    1. Yes, indeed. I read a book once that was so reliant on nicknames, I was 3/4 of the way through before I figured out it took place just outside of London. Once I had that narrowed down, so many other things made sense! (This was a book by a classic, famous author, mind you. I suppose in the era it was written, everyone simply KNEW the names of every park, street, and garden in any little town around London, England. I had to wait until I got to a landmark I knew to put it all together.)

    • Li on April 16, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    I was searching for a name for a fictional town and tried one of those random name generators. It generated some giggles but that was it. 🙂
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    1. Yeah, they aren’t as good for names of places as one would think.

  2. Names definitely have power – how you name a character is so important! People make assumptions from names. Good advice! ~Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com
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    1. Yes, they do!
      I personally am a fan of actress Leighton Meester because of her name. Lehighton (pronunced Lee-HIGH-ton) is a place near me. She’s only one letter away.

  3. Names. Along with titles, it’s my favorite part of the planning process. 🙂
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    1. We don’t have that in common, I’m afraid — I hate trying to pick a title!

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