How Many Characters Do You Need in Your Story?

Author Don Massenzio

crowdPast posts on my blog have touched on the topic of characters. I’ve posted tips suggesting that you avoid having too many characters in your books and to avoid throw-away characters by combining traits and actions into fewer characters.

This begs the question that is the topic of this post, how many characters do you need in your story?

Well, there is no simple answer to this question. The prevailing rule of thumb, from the reading I’ve done, is that you should have as few characters as possible to tell your story effectively. Adding characters just because they have interesting traits or personalities can take away from the overall story.

3d small people - pyramid of successMain Character

Well, duh. Your book should have a main character in most cases. This is the person who drives the events in the book and, very often, from whose point of view the story is unveiled.

The main character…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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One Response to How Many Characters Do You Need in Your Story?

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Anna.

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