I am a bit … lazy. There, I said it. I’ve been incredibly non-diligent about doing the writing that I should be doing. I have a half-dozen manuscripts that lay unfinished in my working folder. Some only need a couple of days of nose to the wheel work. But I have one HUGE hurdle that makes that work arduous.
Opting for the ‘write what you know’ approach, I have basically described real-life events and embellished them a bit where needed. Or a lot, if lawyers are reading this. I used the actual names and need to go through and change the names to what my spreadsheet says they should be. New York City needs to be East Coast City. President Whoever needs to be President Fiction N. AlName. Bonnie needs to be Sunny. Mark Twain needs to be Sammy Clemens. Etc. You get the idea. I need a functional add-in that accepts a table of character and place equivalents and changes them. It won’t get them all right. But the majority of the changes, including ‘Bonnie’s’ to ‘Sunny’s’ will be right and OF GREAT VALUE.
A name generator that integrates AND WILL MAKE CHANGES IN THE BODY, becomes a purchase decider. Having said that, I create my fictional names by going through sports drafts from last century and pairing two names of consecutive draftees where one of the two names serves as a first name. Allows me to create names that are nominally believable and enjoy thinking back to those years in whatever sport. Easier still would be a generator that accepts a list of names and pairs them up. Or, takes them and pairs them with a fed in text file of potential last names.
Lastly, IF I’m going to ask for the sun, the moon, the stars and the grains of sand, it would be WONDERFUL, to take the created names and compare FIRST names to a list of female names drawn from some source and segment the list into potential male name and potential female names. Names like Kirby could be either, of course. It’s a a big big big big ask, but hey, if I don’t ask, you can’t read my mind. Plus it might inspire OTHERS to make suggestions for what would be a different tool for different folks’ needs.