Thea here today wondering if you’ve ever had to name a town. You know, the kind of small town where everyone knows your name, and where its name needs to reflect its geography, or its picturesqueness, or its values, or perhaps some salient historical incident.
i mean, I keep lists of names. Don’t you? Including town names, but also estate names, male names, female names, hero/heroine names (vastly different than every day names), villain names, ethnic names among other things. Names are important. They have to have the right rhythm, vowels and syllables.
And your town has to be located in a correct geographical location — for me, at least, having now lived in 3 very different small towns: rural, suburban rural, and suburban bedroom.
How do you choose a name? How do you decide if Is the town a Shady Dale? (Too suburban development) An Ambleside? (Too cute) A Sugar Bush (too snow country), a Valley View (too suburban bedroom), a Centerville (too bland), a Jericho Springs (too gold rush country)? Or none of the above?
Is it a Hawk Cove (too made up), an Angel Oaks (too over 55 senior community), a Blooming Grove (too title of a play), a Red Creek (too unsubstantial)?
See what I mean? Your town is a character in your book. It has to have the right name.
I have spent months collecting names and ruminating on The Right Small Town Name. Not sure I have it yet, but I offer below a list of suffix/descriptives that might help you in your hunt for the perfect small town name.
So, are you looking for the perfect small town name? Help! How do you choose?d
Thea Devine is the author of 27 erotic historical and contemporary romances, the latest of which, Beyond the Night, the sequel to The Darkest Heart, is available now as a Pocket Star eBook.