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Need a name for a bully

Sea-shore

aka Anne Chen
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#34
Hi everyone:

I´m trying to rename my bully whose name was Spike during the first draft but it seems too American and I´m looking for something with more of a British feel to it. Any ideas? What do you think about Spike? too common? overused?
So, this is for a tween novel, and the character is a piece of work ( think Ace from Stand by Me or the baddies from Karate Kid). But he also goes to a wealthy kid´s school and bullies the MC for not being as good as them. He is a minor character, but important enough to give him a name. I had also called him the Evan´s boy, but then someone mentioned that Evans is a very popular surname and would not make sense if he is showing off his lineage.
What do you think?
Go!:)
You know, I thought the name Spike suited the character. Didn't think it was too American at all; did a reader mention that it was? How's the book going? :)
 
#36
You know, I thought the name Spike suited the character. Didn't think it was too American at all; did a reader mention that it was? How's the book going? :)
Yeah, well, Spike as a nickname he´d be called by his buddies. I don´t know if it´s used in the UK, if you say so, then i´ll keep it! No, no one mentioned it, it just occured to me.
It´s coming along, I just sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount of information I have and the amount of text i´ve written over the years. I´m trying to bring order to it, but my brain doesn´t want to cooperate!
 

Sea-shore

aka Anne Chen
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#37
Yeah, well, Spike as a nickname he´d be called by his buddies. I don´t know if it´s used in the UK, if you say so, then i´ll keep it! No, no one mentioned it, it just occured to me.
There's Spike Milligan (Terence Alan "Spike" Milligan). He was a British-Irish writer, comedian etc. Think you can just keep it. Don't give your self more headaches than you need to! ;D
 

Sea-shore

aka Anne Chen
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#38
It´s coming along, I just sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount of information I have and the amount of text i´ve written over the years. I´m trying to bring order to it, but my brain doesn´t want to cooperate!
I think you need to get to the end of the full first draft. I'm doing that now. So easy to get overwhelmed. :(
 
#42
Nicknames would often be derived from a surname, like Wooders from Woodhouse or Monty from Montford, Lets from Lethwaite etc. or from attributes; Puds for a greedy guy, Slugger if cricket star etc. or misc like Ponky or Binky
 

Sea-shore

aka Anne Chen
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#44
Oh my goodness, overwhelmed is an understatement. Good luck! If you need any help, i´m here! Something that has helped me loads is homeopathy and back flowers for concentration. But, this is seriously the hardest thing i´ve ver done.
Thanks, @Quillwitch! :)I'm here too if you want to vent about plots going awry :eek: and characters doing their own thing. :rolleyes:
 
#45
Hi everyone:

I´m trying to rename my bully whose name was Spike during the first draft but it seems too American and I´m looking for something with more of a British feel to it. Any ideas? What do you think about Spike? too common? overused?
So, this is for a tween novel, and the character is a piece of work ( think Ace from Stand by Me or the baddies from Karate Kid). But he also goes to a wealthy kid´s school and bullies the MC for not being as good as them. He is a minor character, but important enough to give him a name. I had also called him the Evan´s boy, but then someone mentioned that Evans is a very popular surname and would not make sense if he is showing off his lineage.
What do you think?
Go!:)
How about Basher Bates?