Graves of Peter Rabbit, Mr. McGregor discovered
This news item indicates Beatrix Potter probably took the name of several characters, including Peter Rabbit and Mr. McGregor, from a nearby cemetery.
Okay, not real newsy, but it's such a great headline.
The name game
As a writer, I've been known to pick character names from phone books and Internet people directories. Not as dramatic as a boneyard, maybe, but a nice trick if you've got it. I recall one female character I named simply by turning the word "fart" backwards and adding an extra f....
Baby name books you can pick up at the check out at the grocery store for 89¢ also make for great naming sources for stories.
I'll try being nicer if you try being smarter.
“If I had to live my life over again, I would treat women worse. The women who I treated nice always turned around and treated me bad and the women who treated me bad didn’t deserve to be treated nice anyway.”