What Does The Name I’ve Developed Mean?

The name I’ve developed means a lot to me, but it doesn’t mean what you think it means. You probably didn’t mean it, but it means a lot to me. If you do, feel free to use it in your writing.

When you use something you created in a writing project, make sure you know what it means before you use it in another. The name I’ve developed here is the name of my blog (I call it The Art of the Tame Ditch ), where you’ll see most of my articles posted. Some people say it means taming an animal’s instinct to charge, chase or fight, but that doesn’t mean what I think it does. If anyone comes up with a better meaning of the name, please let me know. But if you decide you’re done with the name, feel free to use it as long as you credit me.

When You’re Not Doing This

You may be sitting alone on a lonely night when you start thinking of a name, or on a lazy day when you write for a while, or during a long drive in your pickup truck. And the next time you write, the name you developed will pop into your head or you’ll think of something else, and suddenly you’ve created a name that means something else entirely! That’s okay. Sometimes we find names with meaning all along. And sometimes, as you’ll soon find in the next lesson, we’ve got a few ideas ourselves!

Sometimes You’ll Need To Make A Decision As To Which Name You Use

If you’ve got multiple meanings of a name, and you’re not sure which meaning you want, you’ll need to make one choice. Sometimes this doesn’t lead to any confusion, other times it does. And it’s OK to be uncertain about which name to use until all the others have been considered. Here are some things you can do:

Step 1: Try It Out

This is the most common idea. If you think of several people who use the name you’ve developed, ask them what they mean by it. If they use the same meaning, you needn’t pick the one that makes the most sense.

Step 2: Create A Tally

Now compare what others are using and what you are choosing to use. If it’s the same, you’ll need to pick the one you like the most. If it’s different, you’ll need to pick the one that will work best.

Step 3: Put It In Writing

Finally, put the name in writing as you’ve chosen to do so. What works best for you might be different than what others do and you might pick different names, or no name at all for all the instances when you need a name. Remember, names are personal. Try making your own and see if it can fit your needs.

Of course, before you go making up the most appropriate name in the world, try the other suggestions I gave you! Let me know if it feels right. And remember, this is a writing and creativity project and you should be creative.

If you need more help finding the name you need from your imagination, check out some great ideas!

Posted by John T.