I'm not talking about calling people names in this post because that's not a nice thing to do. Sometimes it's fun, but never nice.
I have two friends, both males, who like to add my name to every other sentence they speak. It’s annoying, but I have yet to find a way to tell them to cut it out without hurting their feelings.
With my first book, Love Through Time, my editor told me I mentioned the characters names way too much. With another book my beta reader told me I didn’t mention the characters names enough.
Oh my goodness. Writing is a huge juggling act. It’s all about getting the balance where EVERYTHING is concerned, including mentioning the characters names. Too many and it’s uncomfortable.
When I read a book where the character’s names are hardly mentioned, and 'he or she' gets repeated for a whole page or two, I tend to forget the characters names. Especially if I’m not vested in the book yet.
How do you strike the balance?