Thursday, December 01, 2005

Writers and those who know us

One of the things I enjoy most about writing is creating character names and thinking of cool titles. I have a bunch of baby name books and a synonym/phrase finder that is awesome. Sherrilyn Kenyon's character naming source book is equally awesome.

I was at my daughters gymnastics the other day, talking to a fellow writer. I had out my baby name book, and she knew exactly why. To all the other non-writer moms there, it was assumed I was prego and was looking for a name for my child. Sometimes, we writers are in a class by ourselves (okay, probably most of the time). And it's funny how those closest to us come to understand our idiosyncrasies, rituals, and the way we work. Our husbands (or family) don't freak out when they see the baby name book come out - we're writers, they understand.

7 comments:

Shawn said...

Sherrilyn Kenyon's character naming source book...

Oooh! Is this a book and if so where can I find it? I love the names of the Dark Hunters.

Y said...

LOL! You are sooooo right! :)

Kelly Gay said...

SHawn -- you can pick up that book online, and there's usually a few in stock at B&B and Borders. I believe it's actually called, The Character Naming Source Book. She also wrote the Writer's Digest book, Everyday Life in the Middle Ages, which I also have -- very good, too. She's brilliant. :)

Kelli E. said...

You are so right...we writers do some odd things when viewed by non-writers. Naming characters has never been my strong suit. I might have to pick up Sherrilyn Kenyon's book! Btw, good to "talk" to you, it's been awhile! (Waving from across the country)

Kelly Gay said...

(Giving a very enthusiastic wave back) -- HI KELLI!!!!!! Great to hear from you. :D

Shesawriter said...

Hi Kelly,

I was bloghopping and stumbled upon yours. I have the baby name book, as well as Beyond Jennifer and Jason and another baby name book (with international names) too. One of the best investments I've made.

Cool blog!

Tanya

Kelly Gay said...

Thanks, Tanya! And welcome! I think sometimes I shoot myself in the foot with names b/c I'll think of three or four that are perfect for the book, and then can't decide -- and if I can't decide, then I can't start writing until I do. *sigh* It's a vicious circle. :)