So Iâ€™m closing in on 20k words on â€œFrom Whence You Cameâ€ and I realize that â€“ unlike all the other characters â€“ there are two who have no names, who are only referred to by their job description/titles.Â And theyâ€™re important minor characters, with dialogue and roles to play in the action.Â So they should have names, right?
But once I thought about it I realized that no, they shouldnâ€™t.Â Not yet, anyway.Â Because they are seen by and interact with a character who â€“despite other positives â€“ is somewhatâ€¦blindered.Â And that character sees them only in terms of the roles they play, not as people in and of themselves.
By not giving them personal names, I show more about the main character, and hir interactions with the world, than if Iâ€™d had someone comment on it directly.
As lovely as it would be to say Look how clever I am!â€ the truth is that I didnâ€™t sit down and think this out â€“ â€œoh, I know how to show hir behavior!â€Â It just arose out of the writing, wherein these characters are seen only in relation to the services they offer.Â Surprised the hell out of me, when I looked back and realized what Iâ€™d been doing.Â Iâ€™d thought better of hirâ€¦ or maybe I hadnâ€™t.
So these brave secondaries get names? Â Does the main character learn better interactions?Â Â Iâ€¦ donâ€™t know yet.Â Ask me again in another 10,000 wordsâ€¦.