MISDEMEANOR: Addressing Characters by Name

In real world conversations, we almost never declare whom it is we’re talking to. So unless a character in your story is searching for someone, shouting at someone, calling on someone in class, addressing only one person in a group, or being introduced to someone, avoid having your characters address each other by name.  And above all, avoid any temptation to add full-name dialogue to your love story, as in “I think I love you, Edgar Cuddlebuns.”  (I’m talking to you, Romance Writers!)