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Three signs that your novel has too many main characters – and what to do


This past Monday, I published a post about Roz Morris’ book, “Nail Your Novel”.

Today I’m re-blogging one of her posts about main characters :-)

Nail Your Novel

5310002921_d790cd7161_bThis is another interesting question from my postbag:

I’m writing an adventure story that takes place over a journey, and we meet many characters. I’ve been told my novel has too many, but when I look at comparison titles, big casts are de rigeur. Kidnapped has 15 named characters, though some are very minor. Treasure Island has six main characters and 15 or more minor named characters. The Silver Sword has six main characters and the same number of minor. The Hobbit has even more. How many should I have?

It’s true that journey stories tend to have large casts. In that respect they’re like the family saga, which begins with a core of characters and gathers and loses key players along the way. The constant flux of personnel is one of the pleasures of the genre. Who’s going to join? Who might leave – or even, die?

But it…

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4 responses to “Three signs that your novel has too many main characters – and what to do

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris July 4, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Once again – thank you, Alexander.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai July 4, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      You’re Very welcome, Roz :-)

      Have you checked out the post where I plugged your book?

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      • Catherine July 4, 2015 at 2:23 pm

        You have such a Beautiful Mind Alex.!!

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        • Alexander M Zoltai July 4, 2015 at 2:30 pm

          Oh, my !!!

          Thank you… :-)

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