1. deadrats

    deadrats Contributor Contributor

    Jul 7, 2016
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    Nameless MCs

    Discussion in 'Short Stories' started by deadrats, Mar 20, 2020.

    What's everyone think about those nameless main characters running around all through the short story scene. You know the ones... first person, maybe present tense, no good spot to work in a name. Can we have such madness in literature?

    I know there's an argument for not naming characters. However, I think it's almost always better for a character to have a name, especially a main character. So, how do you handle it when you're working in first person and there doesn't seem to be an easy spot to work it in?

    That, and I'm open to discussing the whole naming not naming characters bit as it pertains to short stories. What are your thoughts on all this?
  2. Dogberry's Watch

    Dogberry's Watch Senior Member

    Nov 26, 2019
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    My argument is there is a name, we just don't have to know it for the story to work. Especially if it's a flash piece, where there's a limit on the words used. Names are important, yes, but they aren't necessary for every piece of storytelling there is.

    In my opinion, of course.
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  3. Storysmith

    Storysmith Active Member

    Jan 5, 2014
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    I don't see why you should need to name your character. It gives an element of mystery to them. The Man With No Name wouldn't be quite so iconic if he had a name.
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  4. Homer Potvin

    Homer Potvin Pimpin' ain't easy, but it sure is fun.... Contributor

    Jan 8, 2017
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    I think it's kind of gimmicky, but gimmicks can be extremely effective in small doses. A good gimmick can carry a short so long as the writer knows its limitations so... I don't know... spit it out before the flavor is gone?
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