#writetip Do you refer to your character the same way throughout your novel or short story? Does this change depending on who has the POV in a particular scene?
I’m wondering if this matters.
I have a character, let’s call him Mike Chambers.
When Mike has the POV or his girlfriend has the POV, I refer to him as Mike.
When a cop who is interviewing him has the POV, I refer to him as Chambers.
I think it’s more personal to use Mike in his POV scene or his girlfriends POV scene.
When it’s the cops POV, I think the cop should be more distant from Mike and I refer to him as Chambers.
The question is: is this okay or does it confuse the reader?
My solution to answering this question. I ask my readers what they think after they’ve read the scenes. If the reader is not confused as to who the character is, I think using first and last names allows me to indicate closeness of a relationship. If the reader is confused, maybe it’s better to use either the first or the last name, but not both.