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#1 ashtona731

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 06:51 PM

I've tried writing a book in the past, but I'm in the process of editing and changing it. Stuck in "editor mode," I feel like I don't have a creative outlet

 

I had an idea about a week ago to write a book about witches set in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts. I have a few ideas scribbled down, but I don't know where it's going yet...

 

Normally, my writing process goes like this:

  • General prompt ideas and small plot details
  • Figure out characters (names, appearances, personality, background, etc.)​
  • Research topic (if needed)
  • Story beginning/background
  • Write and see what happens
  • Tweak and add to it

So far, I have some research and bare-bones details for a prologue:

A witch is being burned at the stake for her sins and treason against the Church. (According to my research, witches in Salem were hung, but as the craze made its way to Europe, the accused were burned at the stake as was a common practice in Medieval Europe. I may change my setting from Salem to Europe.) (Source) Nerd rant over...back to the details. In her rage, the pregnant witch claims that her heir will one day rise from her ashes and avenge her death as the most powerful witch ever seen. 

 

Anyway...I'm trying to name the pregnant witch. I'm thinking... (firsts and middles)

 Theodora

Gwendolyn

Guinevere

Diana

Esme

Isadora

Odessa

Amity

Charlotte

Eleanor

Prudence

Mavis

Luciana

and last names

Miller

White

Kane

Monroe

Mortem

Lynx

Cromwell

 

 

As far as appearance, I'm thinking...

 

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What would you name each of them??



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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:05 PM

For the pregnant witch, my top three...

 

1. Isadora Guinevere White

2. Luciana Guinevere White

3. Gwendolyn Theodora White

 

I really like the irony of White as the surname for a witch.

 

For her baby, I would go with something that has a meaning. Let her name be representative of her story. Here are some ideas. My top three from them are listed...

 

1. Lenna Anastasia White "lion's strength resurrected"

2. Valentina Renata White "strength reborn"

3. Sahar Philomena White "awakening lover of strength"

 

Anastasia - resurrection or rebirth

Aurora - dawn

Genesis - beginning

Kia - new beginnings

Neoma - new moon

Nova - new

Nyssa - new beginning

Oriana - dawn

Renata - reborn

Roxanna - dawn

Sahar - morning, dawn, awakening

 

Audrey - noble strength

Brighid - strength

Keren - strength and power

Lenna - lion's strength

Matilda - might strong

Philomena - lover of strength

Valentina - strength

 

Good luck!



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Posted 12 October 2017 - 04:57 PM

Thanks! I love the baby name ideas! Anastasia is one of my top choices. Thanks, again.

 

I also just realized I posted this twice...I hate when that happens. :)



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 04:23 AM

I would be inclined to say she used her powers to send the baby to safety i.e impregnate another woman so the baby lives? Justa a thought.

 

As for the rest.. 

 

Names for the pregnant witch:

 

Aeronwen

Adelheid

Adrazelle

Amalthea

Bavmorda

Clytie

Damiana/ or Demiana ?

Eileithyia

Eartha

Iolani

Malicella

Melucina

Neoma

Ouriana

Pontia

Qetsiyah

Twyla/Twila

Tamarix

Xanthippe 
Zéphyrine
Zoseline
 
 
 
Surname ideas... 
Crowe
Crane
Craft
De Loux
Darkmoore
Delacroixe
Delarosa
Ebonywoods
Grail
Grimsbane
Kobe
Latimer
La Torneau
Lovelace
Redwood
Rosewolf





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