How do you choose your character names and personalities? Do you name certain characters based off of people you know in real life out of spite (or to be nice?) Do you write characters with people you know in real life in mind? I've been working on character development quite a bit in something recent I've been working on and oddly enough the characters aren't really based directly on anybody I know. I find it easier to base characters on personalities of people I know in real life but starting a character up from scratch is sometimes more fun to do (and challenging at times). I generally could care less about secondary character names so I just pick some and go for it. Primary character names are more important and I try to just pick names that I don't think have been overdone.