I'm currently at a roadblock with this issue. In my story, the MC is on a deserted town looking for someone. The problem is that because there is no one to introduce the MC's name to, the reader has to spend a good portion of the beginning following a nameless protagonist. I know that there IS one person to introduce the MC to (which would be the reader) but presenting the character that way wouldn't really move the plot along, and I feel it would be out of place. It would be like saying: "Here's the protagonist. Now here's his/her story" The way I've written the story, the protagonist is nameless for a good while, but that's not to say nothing is happening. There is inner conflict going on, and the character is eventually named. Note that I'm not asking how to introduce my protagonist, I'm asking whether it would hurt the story or not to have a nameless protagonist in the beginning.