Place names and maps are great for your creativity

The other day I posted blogs about how number plates and using a little alcohol can be good for your creativity as a writer, well, here is another tip from my creative vaults. This one is maps and place names for characters and places in your work.

This is particularly useful if you are writing science fiction or fantasy where names are not conventional. Names like Haan Solo, Chewbakker, Spok, Jabba the Hutt and so on are all made up by people who have opened the doors widely to their creativity and allowed the unusual, strange or down right ridiculous enter normal vocabulary.

This brings reality to your work and can hook readers wanting to know about these strange three legged beings and so on. If you are a little stuck and don’t know where to start, grab a road map and look at place names. I used to work a as geologist and my travels took me far and wide. I worked on a motorway scheme in Manchester many years ago but, just down road was a small town called Denton. He is now a person in my fantasy faery story trilogy, Fendrel’s Tale.

Maps are wonderful things because they can allow you to be creative and original. All those little hamlets and villages out in the countryside have great names that can be a persons name or a place name in your work, it just takes a little spark tyo open the door to your creativity and you are away.

So, next time you are struggling for a name, look up a map and see what lies there. I am sure someone will use Shepton (from Shepton Mallet) as a person’s name one day. Why not you?


About purpleandrew

Andrew, recently diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome is a 54 year old former geologist always had short hair, suited & booted for work. That all changed when the credit crunch hit. Now a complimentary therapist, hospital radio presenter, and writer. Andrew writes crime thrillers, Young Adult, and fantasy books as well as blogging about writing and other stuff that he feels strongly about.
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2 Responses to Place names and maps are great for your creativity

  1. Marie Laval says:

    How very true, Andrew! I have just come back from a week in Dorset / Devon and I found so many great names for future settings or characters’ names. I won’t say any right now, because I wouldn’t want anyone else to use them before me!!!

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