Naming what exists in your fantasy world

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Fantasy writing is all about creation. World building. Introducing things to readers that don’t exist in the real world. As writers of the genre, it is up to us to name our creations. That is where difficulty can sometimes lie. Names will come naturally but given the amount of people, places, objects, etc. that need naming, it is easy to run out of steam. Regardless of how the names are invented, there is one thing we should avoid as fantasy writers. It surrounds pronunciation.

Don’t commit to a name that is too hard to say. Do you know what will happen? Readers will skip over it every time they see it on the page. This is something I used to do and being honest, I sometimes still do it on occasion. We are proud of our names as they came from our imagination. How would we feel if we discovered some of our…

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