Early in the editing process of Marcel’s Letters I was given a rule by my developmental editor: people only got a name if they “walked on stage” more than once.
Let’s unpack that rule: It’s true, there are a lot of people in the book. Since the book is non-fiction, I couldn’t combine characters to simplify the storyline as I might have if the book had been fiction. So, my editor introduced the rule to help readers distinguish characters they would ‘meet’ again from characters they would only ‘meet’ once. Unnamed characters were akin to movie extras with titles such as “man in car” or “woman in restaurant” or “child on sidewalk.” In this case, the character was my “always-sunny” client.READ MORE