Past 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.
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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