Character Development: Managing the Large Cast of Characters

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

This has been a productive summer for me. My sister, who kindly gives all my manuscripts a final reading and critique before I send them off to be line edited, is now reading the novel I accidentally began last November. I have inadvertently started a second book featuring these characters, which, only a week ago, I had no intention of writing.

WritingCraftSeries_character-arcI had no intention of writing book one either, but there it is. These characters won’t let go of me, so now I’m storyboarding a new plot.

But enough about that.

Today, we’re continuing our discussion of characters and characterization. Ordinarily, I keep the ensemble narrow, limiting point of view to only one, two, or three characters at most. I keep the supporting cast limited to four or five, as that’s all I personally can keep separate and unique.

Also, I keep my stylesheet/storyboard updated whenever a large change…

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5 thoughts on “Character Development: Managing the Large Cast of Characters

  1. Introduce them one at a time so the reader has time to get to know them and can visualise them enough to separate them from the other characters, then, introduce the next one.
    I picked up a book recently where half a dozen characters were introduced in the first few paragraphs of the first chapter. I didn’t quite slam it shut and throw it a wall, but it was a close thing.

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