Of Naming Fictional Jobs

So I searched for ‘tips on naming fictional jobs’ into google–and spent an inordinate amount of time pursuing eventual dead ends.  I’ve drafted many names for the various jobs, species, and so forth in my book, and many times end up going back to the original name; the less specific name that could easily be confused with it’s native meaning.

But, back to the point. I searched. And searched. But alas the results were on naming characters. Or name generators. Or fantasy jobs, as in jobs only found within books, but not jobs that required one to invent a name for it.

Nothing.

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An overreaction on my part.

Rowling picked the name auror. This name, as far as I can tell checking through Notre Dame’s English to Latin dictionary, the root, aur, has lots of readings. I searched the root, the full and the suffix–but nothing about it screamed ‘wizard cop’, so I assume she chose it because maybe she liked the sound of it and maybe the meaning to overlay with gold sounded appealing. I don’t know her reasons–but it makes me think that perhaps even if my naming doesn’t have a ‘hard connection’ or any connection, that maybe it’s still okay.

The point being that while my knowledge in Latin is incredibly limited–it seems as though she had fun and that auror doesn’t directly relate to the occupation’s purpose.

I have within my own book several instances where an invented term would suit the occupation rather than just pulling from common words.  But whether to invent a new word or to build off of an existing one has left me confused, frustrated, and on the verge of just leaving the common names for these supernatural jobs at peace.

Perhaps there is no concrete way of doing it. But still, I’ll continue searching.

 

Of Naming Fictional Jobs

Of Lore Appendices

So a plan of mine is to include excerpts at the end of the work from various texts within my novels.

Such as a newspaper clipping, so not to bore the reader too deeply–I’ll include the article the character actually read in it’s entirety at the end of the book.

I’ve always found things like this to be a way to realize the fictional world a bit more.

Somethings we see in the world aren’t of interest to us. In a sense, some things like a news article, reference materiel or hypothesis,  although relevant to the plot, may not be an entertaining read. Even still, it exists and creates a more realistic world.

I shall continue with me ponderings.

Of Lore Appendices

One Day

So to ensure a peace is maintained, one must filter their responses toward the projected opinions of others, lest the persons relentlessly expressing their opinion become hostile.

There though is the threat of developing a tumor. Or suffering soul corrosion.

 

One day, I’ll be able to properly reflect my ideologies without threat of having my life disrupted. One day.

One Day

Little Thoughts

Lately,

  • I’m trying to pick up the pieces after returning from Japan. Owe my school about 2500,gotta pay it off before they’ll help me get registered for more classes.
  • News feed showing Trump’s rather forward and disrespectful actions that makes many very uncomfortable.
  • Working on revisions for The Order of Nara, gonna buy Scrivener me thinks. It looks very handy to organize things, and I can keep lore and notes at the ready.
  • Playing lots of Skyrim.
  • Playing a bit more of Skyrim.
  • .. Skyrim. ( ‘ u ‘ )
Little Thoughts

Lore Betwixt Chapters

So, I play a lot of video games–by a lot I mean, very few, but I play them to death.


Recently I’ve been quite kept with Skyrim and Fallout–and in both, during loading screens, lore is displayed (Okay, with Skyrim I think it’s mostly thanks to a mod but still).

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I have grown quite attached to this idea–and I love excerpts from works within a novel to be put on display for me in such a way that I could skip it just fine, but if I read it, I’d glimpse into that world more deeply.

I’m currently in the process of adding these between chapters. I even added a relative quote by one of the protagonists of my book in the very beginning. It feels like it’s been something my manuscript has been needing.


Thoughts on this? I’m doing it regardless–but I’m quite interested in the different sides.

Lore Betwixt Chapters

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Walking home, body chilled. Houses and streets bleed into the dark; areas harboring unknown things. The thought of venturing into the dark pains my body. Music plays, but only does to highlight a forming pit.  I want not to feel this sort of isolation. Despite my fear of it, I want to drive.

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