I am definitely a story guy, who at the end has unnamed and unexplored supporting characters.
I am fascinated by the idea to write stories without characters:
There is this awesome short by Ray Bradbury where only THINGS are vivid: alarm clock, toaster, coffee machine, some lights and music … and then there is fire rummaging, “killing” these last signs of human life after some (nuclear?) disaster. - One of my favorite stories EVER!
Hence, at least in my short stories, I am experimenting a lot with alternatives:
- One is from the perspective of a sun who(!) turns into a black hole jealous of the lush blue and green world in front of it (yes, us!); also loved the idea of the immense cosmic time scale.
- I wrote one about a war amongst snow flakes … I only put a by-the-fireside-narrator to it.
- When @Jacob suggested to “write a short biography of a deciduous leaf” for a writing prompt, I happily jumped into this challenge. … Also: #BringWritingPromptsBack
My first NaNoNovel started with two characters. I was astonished how it grew and grew, but most other characters were without names for a long time.
Last year was better … though 999 imps were named with a random generator after specific rules … a couple of them became central characters, but I try to “mention” as many names in that story as possible … also created names for frog recipes, mostly because it was fun .