The Power of Names – Magaly’s (Not so) Secret Writing Project

I believe that there is power in names; knowing someone’s real name gives certain advantages to the person who has the information, and I will go as far as to say that the right appellation can contribute to a person’s, thing’s, city’s, plant’s… charm.

Terry Pratchett does an amazing job when naming his witches and his books. Think Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Tiffany Aching, Greebo, Equal Rites, Carpe Jugulum… the man is brilliant. I would never compare myself to my Knight Writer, but I do take my time when choosing names for my characters. How many of you thought about Belladonna Wisely after you read the last sentence?

I’m working on the first draft of a novel currently titled SCARRED. A writer friend critiqued one of the chapters and said, “The name of your heroine speaks of power, mystery, tenderness and no nonsense. I hate you because you always come up with great names, w(b)itch!”

Alma Mia Cienfuegos – In Spanish, the name of my main female character means ‘my soul one-hundred-fires’, and my luvs, that is exactly who Alma Mia Cienfuegos is. She is affected by life and reactive to its dealings. She is a Witch of her times. She is her own most important person. And those who touch her life will receive warmth or flames, depending on their intentions.  

Alexander Parker – SCARRED’s main male character has a less descriptive name, unless you are a Spider-Man fan, and appreciate the brains, talent, and courage of Peter Parker. No, he isn’t a superhero in the web-shooting-tights-wearing sense. His power to defend and protect is very human, and it comes directly from a heart that is so big that it barely fits in his sexy chest. He’ll need all that goodness, and then some, to penetrate the shields Alma Mia has placed around her witchy heart.

Julian Van Dyke – This man is one of the reasons why Alma Mia had to shield herself from the rest of the world. He is intelligent, good looking, abusive (even if doesn’t see it), and absolutely full of himself. His name is a combination of Julian Brashir and a guy with the last name Van Dyke, who has caused enough pain in this life to make me really dislike him all the way until the next.

You’ll meet many characters with descriptive names in SCARRED: Soledad, Attila,  Marisol, Asia Black, Mandingo… but you’ll have to wait until you read the novel (After I, um… publish it) to learn why their names feel so fitting to me. 

Do you believe in the power of names? Also, what are a few of your favorite names witchy in fiction? Why do you find them meaningful and appropriate for the characters?

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11 comments:

  1. My favorite fictional witches names? I have quite a few. :)

    All of Terry Pratchett's as already mentioned, along with the wizard Rincewind!

    Sabriel and Lirael from the Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix.

    Bellatrix Lestrange and Luna Lovegood from the Hartry Potter Series. (As well as Severus Snape, but I may be biased by my ginormous crush on Alan Rickman!)

    I have a slew of first names that I love, love, love for witchy ladies too; Emmaleth, Morrigan, Willow, Belladonna, Juniper... ;-)

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  2. Good morning :) I wanted to let you know that you've opened up a whole new world for me. I had no idea there were so many authors of "witchy" fiction out there. I've read the ny best sellers stuff of course, but so many of these books you are blogging about are truly diamonds in the rough!! It's amazing! So much talent and who even knew? lol As far as names go in a book or a movie, its extremely important that a name fits the character...it's part of what makes them memorable.

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  3. Oh my Goddess! I won? Really? That is so great! I am sooo happy!

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  4. I can't wait to read your book! It sounds amazing!!! Yes, I do agree, there is power in names!
    Congrats to Greekwitch ;o)
    Have a great one ;o)

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  5. Oh Magaly, I love your character names and descriptions! I really want to read your book. You must publish Scarred. You don't want to deprive a universe of hungry minds, do you?

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  6. Danni - Bellatrix Lestrange, Luna Lovegood, and Severus Snape are some of favorite names in fiction too!

    MidnightSage - I'm as new to this as you. I rarely wondered away from my old time favorites. I started reading indie authors after my friend Marcia Colette decided to try self-publication. I'm so glad I did! So many good books!!

    GreekWitch - Yes, you did!

    Magic Love Crow - You sound almost as excited as me lol

    Mina - I would never, ever, ever, ever, ever... deprive you of my goodness (or the not so good that comes before revisions) *grin* can you say Beta Readers *wink, wink*.

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  7. I can't ever remember names, I never have. But even so I do think names in a story do carry a certain amount of power. Those names are carefully chosen by the author for a good reason.

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  8. Oh I really want to read you book when you get it published. ;) I can be a reviewer.

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  9. Lilac - You know what I'm terrible with? Remembering actor's real names. I always see them in their character-- weird, huh?

    P.S. I'll hold you to the "reviewer" bit ;-)

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  10. Lilac - You know what I'm terrible with? Remembering actor's real names. I always see them in their character-- weird, huh?

    P.S. I'll hold you to the "reviewer" bit ;-)

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  11. I can't ever remember names, I never have. But even so I do think names in a story do carry a certain amount of power. Those names are carefully chosen by the author for a good reason.

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