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    Ok I need everyone's help please?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Eurlo, Apr 24, 2011.

    So I'm working on my fantasy book and need a name for a land in my book, it needs to relate to evil,dark,mysterious,ect.

    I have not had alot of time lately and need help....

    So can you help?
     
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    Jumble a bunch of letters together or use a random name generator to turn some old, foreign name into what you need with some extra letters. Ultimately, you just have to think it up. Why not use something for now and change it later? You may end up coming up with the best name while you write.
    No one else can come up with a name for you.
     
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    I'd like to say your own your own sister.

    I mean, are you just looking for some random name to fill it in? If so, just google search "place name generator" by serendipity and keep looking till something sparks your interest. If not, you have to have your name mean something; I have no clue what this place is or represents or what people inhabit it.......

    anyways: How about Droneron? (Drones: bad, controlled things)
     
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    Well it might spark an idea at least...;)
     
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    what about a name out of this: eternal rest?

    add to it,ect to make a name....I'll be online trying to make something of it:)
     
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    no sounds lame....
     
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    You will never be a writer unless you decide to make decisons like this on your own.

    These are the easy problems in writing.

    Don't lean on others. Stand up straight, don't slouch, and be decisive.

    Besides, you can always change your mind later, up until the point you actually submit.
     
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    Well, that's a fine, fine way to thank someone who responds to your request for help...

    ChickenFreak
     
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    I agree not very helpful. Though it is easy to sound lame when coming p with fantasy names, the key is probably to not be too over the top.
    How about an anagram of a sad evil word?
     
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    A great idea is to just look up d & d starter games or RPG descriptors. Search through WOW for intriguing names and different places like that. It will also give you ideas for side places, new dark dwellings perfect for added twists in fantasy writing.
     
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    Name it Ironica!
     
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    heh. :D
     
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    Lure ? Final Lair ?
     
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    Well, then:

    Totally agree with Cogito on this. It's your story, and that is one of the easiest problems to deal with. Be a little inventive, you can find name generators online that will give you as many sugestions you want.
     
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    I don't pick random names, it doesn't seems to fit what I'm naming if I do that.

    I think about what that thing/place/person's main quality is and then find that word in as many different languages as possible, especially the older languages like ancient greek or latin and use a variation on that.

    I recently named a planet in my novel by using french. I wanted a word to describe the inhabitants' love of historical record keeping. I used the french verb ecrir to form a variant that works.

    I find the method works well for most things.
     
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    I know Cogito.... I do most times and rarely if ever ask for help......I like to independent in my writing....just was hoping to get some help:( I'll just assign a name for now:)
     
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    means dark/evil/mysterious--and also 'land' in Turkish!

    Probably not what you are wanting...but before you lot scoff, don't forget that CS Lewis used Turkish too--'Aslan' means 'lion' in Turkish.
     
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    Not all countries have names in the sense of having "names". It would not be out of place in a fantasy world to name the governance as opposed to the nation. Examine how your land is governed. If it is a monarchy, you can call it a Dutchy, Barony, Kingdom, even Empire.

    Such as the Empire of Rhodes, or the Rhodesian Empire. Then you can give it a short name, "Empire". I like using "People's Republic of..." Considering Plato's Republic was written long before the romanticized Medieval period, having a Republic in a fantasy world would not be out of place.

    For example, in modern geopolitical sense, nations are not themselves named... rather their governance. The Russian Federation is not necessarily Russia, just as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was not Russia, either. It is the form and nationality (or political affiliation) of the government. Names like this leave your fictional land open for regional differences.

    Having modern nation-states in a fantasy world would be very unique.
     
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    I think that you are taking a rather cliché and flat approach to this. Using words that sound vaguely malevolent or evil in either English or a foreign language hold little value. It does work in romanticized good/evil stories such as the Lord of The Rings (ie Mordor sounds as evil as it gets) but in reality very few people want to view themselves as evil or want their people and foreign countries to think that they are evil. We may view certain societies or nations as evil, but when was the last time they actually named themselves after such a concept. I am going to say that Neechi's advice is also very practical. Looking at real world examples would create a much more interesting or dynamic name.
     
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    This name popped into mind: Agrorax ... or Agahrox ... or some variation of it.

    But Cogito is right - this is just one more facet of being a writer. You need to come up with your own character names, names of locations, etc.

    Best of luck!
     

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