Name that character… or not?

See my blog post about this topic over at

5 replies
  1. Abe
    Abe says:

    Hi Tess,

    If you named every character in every dialogue, your books would be as thick as the encyclopedia. You’re right. Your job is to keep the pace moving, and to not confuse your readers.
    I don’t remember whose book I used to read (before yours, of course) where the author put the characters name page right after the dedication, and throughout the book only referred to the characters by their first names. Needless to say, this was rather confusing since there were a few characters with the same name. (sort of like George Foreman’s sons).
    So stick with what you do and do so well.
    We know the truth.

  2. Regina5
    Regina5 says:

    Hi Tess,

    It has been a while. I am just wondering if you are writing another book. I’m itching to know what is going to happen next. 🙂

  3. therese
    therese says:

    I liked the post at Murderati because it shows even authors with your reputation and backlist are questioned about how well you know your craft. I’ve noticed few question my husbands ability with computers, and often expect him to be able to fix their issues, over the phone. Yet, these same people would consider telling a writer, what they did wrong.

    I find it fascinating that his years of dedication and focus are respected, even though most have no clue what, or how, he does what he does. Nor would many be able to decipher the codes he reads… But everyone feels writing is easy, it’s just words on a page, so everyone can do it…

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. joe bernstein
    joe bernstein says:

    Anyone ever notice that oftentimes in a film a minor character will never be referred to by name in any way,yet in the closing credits they miraculously have a name?Duh?

  5. TomYoung
    TomYoung says:

    I liked that book and all the rest… I probably wouldn’t be as dipolomatic as most.

    I’ve never had a doctor introduce any nurse by her name to me in ‘real’ life when I was either in the hospital or ER. Why would they in a book, Now if it was a surgical team where they had worked together for ions, possibly, but in a ER/Trama setting, people and shifts change frequently, especially if it’s a ‘teaching’ hospital like close by here. Makes me feel like a science project rather than a patient when there.

    Okay, so when do I get to buy the next book?

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