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Writers are advised to produce the name of their Main Character as soon as first-page possible to provide the reader with the usual, immediate means of identification, assist sympathetic bonding, and all that nice, coveted stuff.
No problem writing in third person, whether close or distant. Reader head space is easy to acquire directly. You just tell them.
On his way to a murder, Joe Jurassic...
More of a challenge in first.
I just realized that my Lillie's name is not divulged until around page seven, and her full name later. My bad.
Of course, she's distracted by the need to fight off a zombie-type, but I may have to do a little manipulative revision in view of the advice above.
Off hand, I can think of several methods to introduce the character's name early on in first person narrative.
1. direct dialogue by a secondary character: Joe Jurassic! Get your primeval ass in here...
2. by direct introduction, sticky Hi-my-name-is type: My name is Joe Jurassic and I suffer for it... Not a style I care for as it breaks the fourth wall. A forced intimacy.
If not done carefully your character may come off like that irritating stranger in the next chair in a doctor's waiting room.
3. Having the narrator read or mention his/her name on a letter, a parcel, a name plate, a business card: My name in black, block letters: Joe Jurassic, Private Investigator. I saw that much before the box blew up in my face...
Can be done smoothly, but often strikes me as a bit obvious, a contrivance, similar to having the character describe him/her self in a mirror or a shop window.
4. Have seen self-address -- internal dialogue: Joe, I said to myself, you're in deep shit -- but that method works only with certain chatty character types.
5. A backstory re-call (similar to direct dialogue) of a previous conversation: The Lieutenant always stuttered over my name. Where t'hell is that cretin J-J-Jurassic? The Lute always spit when he talked, so I was glad that time I was standing behind him...
Can you think of other means and methods of early name-dropping?
Yesterday, I saw two reconnaissance squadons of the liberation, sweeping high and silent in the far blue.