Delaying Revealing a Character's Name I once read somewhere (forgot the author's name) that delaying revealing a character's name for pages or even paragraphs on end is pointless. She said, why not just get to the point and name them so it will be less confusing to the reader? Of course, I personally think this is just one of those amateur rules like the "show and don't tell rule", where writing guides usually include. I guess it depends on one's own writing skill and reason of thought for delaying naming a character. I just want to confirm what I am doing is sensible or ok. Example 1 Scene 1. Characters are named. It is written from someone else's point of view, totally separate of the main character. Let's say Kevin. Scene 2. The PoV is the protagonist in a completely different scene. He meets the characters in scene 1. One of the characters is referred to as "the man" in the narrative like, 'Bob watched the man walk up to the post. The man jumped up and down." I use "the man" in the narrative because the protagonist does not know who "the man" is, but the reader probably knows "the man" to be Kevin from the previous scene. Is it better to just reveal the name of the character to make it easier the reader to read, such as "Bob watched Kevin walk up to the post. The man jumped up and down." Or keep it consistence with the narrating PoV character and make Kevin remain "the man" until he is introduced? Example 2 Some guy turns around and bumps into "a cloaked" figure. I use the word "cloak figure", because it adds more mysteriousism and suspense to the scene. However, the readers can probably guess who the cloaked figure is, because he was introduced earlier somewhere along the lines. Should I just stopped referring him as "the cloaked figured" in the following paragraphs and just reveal his name immediately in the narrative. Or should I wait until someone says his name, or use some other narative like: It was Matthew.