Today's blog post is a list of Irish names for writing purposes! Those who know me from this blog or from following my Twitter know I have a bit of a thing for names, and since names are something we writers have to delve in to from time to time, I thought I'd make a list on a purely writerly site. (After all, visiting baby-name websites can get a little... well... awkward from time to time). Previously, I've made lists of male and female English names, and male and female Hebrew names.
Next up: the Irish. This list only contains male names, but the next post provides some for your lady characters as well. Irish names have a unique flavor all their own, steeped in history, so I hope you'll give this list a skim! (Who knows, you might find the one)!
Abbán – little abbot
Aidan – fire
Ailill – elf
Ailín – little rock; handsome
Aindréas – manly; masculine
Alaois – form of Aloysius; famous war; battle
Alastar – defending men; help
Alby – white
Angus – one strength; force; energy
Anraí – home ruler
Aodh – fire
Aran – name of the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland
Ardal – high valor
Barrie – fair hair
Berach – sharp
Brádach – large-chested
Bradán – salmon
Bran – raven
Braonán – rain; moisture; drop
Brendan – prince
Brennan – descendant of Braonán
Brian – hill; high; noble
Brogan – shoe
Killing characters. It’s something both reader and writer alike have a love/hate relationship with. Personally, I love it when a character dies—I revel in the sadness, the “what-just-happened,” the emotion more informally known as feels. But at the same time, it has to be done right, and since I just published Healing Scars, Warriors of Aralan #7, I thought now would be an opportune time to write about this subject, because Healing Scars opens almost immediately with a character’s death. (I won’t say who, though… you’ll have to find out by reading it yourself). *writer’s wink*
So, here’s a little list to think about as we move forward.
1.) First of all, is the death necessary? Killing characters just for the sake of it never helped anybody.
2.) This may sound a little macabre, but research the kind of death your character is going to experience. If you're not entirely sure what you're talking about, it'll show.
3.) And don’t forget to think about the aftermath of killing a character. In real life, people who lose loved ones don’t just pick up and move on right away—take time for the grieving process.
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Progress for round four of edits on Warriors of Aralan #9: