look i’m trying not to be bitter but to all you straight white guys who “didn’t know who to vote for” or “couldn’t decide who was worse” I envy you for being so lucky as to not have to worry about the future of your life or your rights and getting to have so fucking little at stake here because there are literally lives on the line and you have the privilege to not care
What do I do when I've used a certain character's name too much? Like say Mark is a really important person in a scene. How do I not over-use his name? I could just say the blue-eyed boy walked towards the desk, but in some situations it doesn't really fit?
Ouch. Don’t write stuff like “…the blue eyed boy… etc., etc.” Especially if he’s an established character with a name.
Names, like pronouns or words like “said,” tend to disappear into the text. They’re invisible words that establish who’s doing what, and when, and where, and honestly you as the writer are likely going to be the only one who’s aware of just how much you’ve used it, unless it’s truly excessive.
If it does seem a bit much, realize that so long as it’s clear in the text who is doing what, you don’t need to use their name. Additionally, by following the “show, don’t tell” rule you can avoid writing direct character actions by instead showing what they’re experiencing and what’s going on in the scene.