One challenge every fiction writer faces constantly is how to come up with names for all the minor characters who pop up. Her's a nifty trick for creating names, courtesy of legendary Welsh songstress Bonnie Tyler. (Yes, once upon a time she was falling in love, but now she's only falling apart.)
Tyler was born Gaynor Hopins but that didn't sound marketable to the first record label that signed her. She explained the technique she used to create a stage name to the Dominion Post in New Zealand:
I got a newspaper and I wrote every name I could find in that paper in two lists, a list of surnames and a list of Christian names. Then I ran through the lists and matched the names up, and came up with Bonnie Tyler
Assuming you still can get hold of a physical newspaper (not a weekend edition), that's not a bad tactic. I've used a slightly different approach for NaNoWriMo, but I don't want to reveal that until I've written a little more of the work-in-progress.
Got your own name-generating tactic? Tell us in the comments.