Do you ever not provide names for some of your characters? I have found there are two reasons why my characters don't get names, but I'm not sure about leaving them nameless. I recently wrote a new short story. It's a longer short story told in first person. I didn't name this MC because there wasn't a good opportunity to stick in a name. I will probably go back and look again. I sometimes find it hard to name the narrator in first person. Do you guys always name your narrator in first person? How do you slip it in? How important is it that he or she have a name in a short story? Remember, this is for short stories. We are talking about twenty to twenty-five pages. I would never leave my narrator unnamed in a novel. At least I don't think I would. In a other short stories, I sometimes don't name minor characters. I have gone back and given then names and fleshed them out sometimes. This takes them from being props to being characters. But other times I'm not sure I want them to have bigger roles in the story. I wrote a story last week with three unnamed characters. All the main characters have names. This one is in close third person. And the MC would not know the names of the three unnamed characters. Sure, it could come up in dialog, but I'm not sure I want them to take up more page space. I have found that when I name these side characters with small roles, they often need more than just a name. Once they have a name, they have there own small histories and lives. I don't want to go down all those paths for these particular characters in my this short story. But I am always on the fence about giving characters names or not. How do you decide if a character gets a name?