Is there some way to tweak the creation dialog for blocks on Content Areas so that its possible to set the Name/Display Name while setting the required properties.
or configure the creation dialog to go to edit mode on the block after it has been created?
Not quite aware that you are able to control block creation dialog window. But if you need to control which view should open for particular block type immediatelly after its creation you can use UIDescription feature.
public class ContainerPageUIDescriptorInitializer : IUIDescriptorInitializer
public void Initialize(UIDescriptorRegistry registry)
DefaultView = CmsViewNames.AllPropertiesView