I'm a protosnarkling, having enjoyed your blog immensely, but briefly. I'm not up on the latest kowtow, so kowtow, and kudos.
I can't resist, even after emptying my second vodka pail, commenting on something that is bugging me apeshit. Re: Snarkometer #56, in which of the first 20 words, 4 of them are spent relaying full names. I'm sorry, but if I have characters named Quinn and Amos, do I really need to know their full names right off? Is there really any danger of running into another Quinn with which to confuse me in the first in 300 words? And if so, is this not an even worse thing?
I'm saying, if Kafka can write a pretty good book where the main character's name is a single letter, does this not mean that a simple "Quinn did this" is good enough, at least for the first 20 words? Not that #56 is solely at fault, but damn near every one of them does it.
Anticipating your wisdom
Sean (surname withheld)
I've never even noticed it.
Playing with names is an interesting device in books (Spenser of course comes to mind; Bill Pronzini's works; Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier; many others I'm sure y'all will remind us about) but I certainly don't think it would be considered gimmicky to only use one in a synopsis.