[quote]My question here is actually kind of simple when I introduce a character should I call them by a general name until a real name is given?
Ex. david’s mom, girl, bum
Or should I call them by the name later given, even if it’s not for several pages?[/quote]
Well it depends. If you’re writing a mystery, and revealing the person’s name would give it away, then no, you wouldn’t.
For everything else: you introduce the character in the action.
A young man (23) lays down on a sofa watching TV. This is THOMAS MCDONALD.
THOMAS MCDONALD, 23, lays down on a sofa watching TV.