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Guidelines for writing Poems, Stories and Tales

When Choosing Labels/titles for Characters instead of their names

How do you refer to a character without using their name?

Use an attribute. Hair colour, hair style, tall, short, wide, nose length, clothing selection, their limp or stride, something the person reminds the MC of – anything. I remember a book from long ago where a woman was referred to as ‘black helmet’ until the MC found out her name.

How do authors choose names for their characters?

Names must be deliberate and memorable, distinct. Too many characters with similar names—even names that start with the same first letter—and readers can be confused. Names also need to make sense for the location, time, and tone of the story.

What is the correct way to format a character’s name?

Style the name of a fictional character just as you would the name of a person: capitalize the initial letter of each name. Do not put a fictional name in italics or in quotation marks: In an interview, the writer Stephen King said that one of his favorite books features a character named Margaret Ridpath.

Why would a character not be given a name?

By using a nameless character, an author can prevent readers from unconsciously attaching the identity of another person, ethnic group, or social background.

Should you refer to a character by their first or last name?

In screenplays, the major characters should all be introduced by their full names (all in UPPER CASE the first time we see them). From then on, you should consistently refer to them by either their first name only, or their last name only, both in the action, and above their dialogue.

What is it called when a characters name is the title?

eponymous. adjective. the eponymous character in a story has the same name as the title of the story.

What is the golden rule for selecting characters in story writing?

The golden rule for selecting characters in story writing is “Fewer is better”. Story writing would more effectively convey its meaning if it has very few characters – one protagonist, one other main character, and no supporting or side characters would be ideal.

Why would authors use a different name rather than their real name?

A new name can give an author another chance to release their work without bias or predisposition, and bypass the possibility that their writing will be immediately rejected upon seeing their real name.

Do character names matter?

character names are actually a specific literary device you can use most sneakily. And if you want readers to love, adore, and care for your main character, giving them the best and most memorable name can make all the difference.

How do you introduce an unknown character?

6 ways to introduce your characters:

  1. Use backstory to reveal relevant character history.
  2. Introduce a character through another POV.
  3. Show a typical action.
  4. Introduce a character on the cusp of change.
  5. Make characters introduce themselves directly.
  6. Write a memorable, unique physical description.



Can a character have no name?

It’s a lot easier to think of the character if s/he has a name, but it isn’t strictly required. In Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca, the first-person narrator is never named, and is only known as “the second Mrs. De Winter.” Save this answer.

How do you subtly introduce a character?

Character Introduction Examples And Tips



  1. Give Your Characters One Or Two Memorable Features.
  2. Describe Your Characters By The Clothes They Wear.
  3. Introduce Your Characters By Their Voice And Demeanour.
  4. Introduce Characters Through Action.
  5. Introduce Characters Through Dialogue.
  6. Introduce Them Through Another Character.