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The Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook

Take the uncertainty out of naming your characters!


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The Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Writer's Digest Books, 2005
ISBN 1-58297-295-8
$24.99 hardcover, 480 pages

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About the Book
The Writer’s Digest Character Naming Sourcebook has been updated and expanded to help you find character names and their meanings quickly and easily!

This one-of-a-kind resource was specifically designed with the writer in mind and includes:

  • More than 25,000 first names and surnames, and their meanings, listed by origin
  • Names and surnames from more than 45 countries
  • A reverse lookup of names by meaning
  • An alphabetical index of names
  • An explanation of naming practices and historical context for each origin
  • A list of the top-ten most popular names in the United Sates every year from 1880–2003
  • Instruction on how to create believable names that fit your characters and your story

This exciting new edition also includes advice from the masters about the importance of choosing the right name to make your character memorable. In this exclusive feature, you’ll get the inside scoop from best-selling novelists like Elizabeth George, Alexander McCall Smith, Homer Hickam, Marian Keyes, Big Fish author Daniel Wallace, and others as they discuss their naming practices and the stories behind their characters’ famous names.

With The Writer’s Digest Character Naming Sourcebook, you’ll add atmosphere and depth to your fiction by finding the perfect names for your characters!

About the Author
Sherrilyn Kenyon is the USA Today and New York Times best-selling author of several series, including The Dark-Hunters, Brotherhood of the Sword, The MacAllisters, Sex Camp Diaries, and BAD Boys. Her novel Fantasy Lover was voted one of the top ten romances of 2002 by Romance Writers of America. Along with her fictional work, Sherrilyn is an accomplished nonfiction author who has contributed to such works as The Writer’s Complete Fantasy Reference.

More About the Book
See what owners of The Writer’s Digest Character Naming Sourcebook have to say:

I bought the Character Naming Sourcebook years ago and I have never regretted it. The layout makes finding what I need easy. [The book] resides beside my computer and is never out of reach.
—Mark Cooper

Character Naming Sourcebook is filled with gems and is far more than a general account about names. … Without a doubt, this is one of the most complete histories of names that I have ever read. … I recommend this book unequivocally.
—Victoria R. Tarrani

This is the best book I’ve ever seen. Not only does it have a lot of unusual names, but someone finally got a clue and broke them down into originating languages. Now when I need a lot of Spanish or Old English names, I don’t have to wear my fingers out shuffling through three hundred pages as I try to find a good list to go on. This book has saved me hours of research time.
—Tara Montgomery

I’ve found the Character Naming Sourcebook to be a valuable reference and an asset to my writing efforts.
—Kelly Steed

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