How to come up with names for fictional places

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World Building- Creating Place Names Realistically and Artistically

The first thing to remember is that town and city names don't just spring out of nowhere. By naming a town or city, you are saying or implying something about its history and the people who live or lived there. Here is a list of things where you can derive your town and city names from any and all of which can overlap with each other.

Choosing Fictional Names

Question: When trying to write a novel, the thing that gives me the most trouble is picking names. Do you have any advice to help me work through this? Answer: Sometimes character names don't matter a lot and you can just randomly pick surnames from a phone book and first names from a baby name book. Just make them distinct from each other. Here are some tips for when the names do matter: 1.

Writing about a fictional city can be a difficult challenge. We all know that real cities are sections of land with a population. But in order to create a fictional city and use it in a story, you will need to access your imagination and focus on the details on the city to get it right. To write about a fictional city, first think of a name that reflects your story world. For example, if your city is in Germany, you might use a German word for your name, or if it's in Canada, you could take an existing Canadian city and change it slightly.

If you have come here looking for a fictional place name, you have probably tried to come up with one and you know just how hard it is. There have been millions of place names created throughout history for cities, countries and towns, some stand the test of time and others get changed or forgotten, by using this place name generator you should be able to find a suitable name which will be interesting and memorable.
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Generate Place Names Here:

Last week, I dedicated my post to tips on developing character names but the places in your novel need names too. If you are writing a novel that takes place on Earth whether it is set in the present, past or future all you need is an atlas or I guess in the modern age Google Maps to give you the names of counties, cities, lakes, rivers and mountain ranges. But when you have developed your own world, you have the task of naming all the places yourself. So where do you come up with these names? They can come from just about anywhere. Here are a few tips to help you brainstorm. Use a map There are plenty of unusual names of places already in existence.


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    Naming places in a fantasy novel | Into Another World

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