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How much is too much? posted 08 May 2005 in Writing TipsHow much is too much? by Atanvarno, Peralogue

There's no real answer. Like you said it depends on the story and the writer's abilities.

If the reader is able to keep track of who everyone is and have an emotional envolvement with each, then it's not too much.

What you have to ask yourself is, "is this character necessairy". If you've got them in the story the whole way through, but they're only actually needed (plot-wise) for one important event, the answer is probably no, and you should consider rewritting (cutting them out and giving thier part to another character, or if you like them, give them bits from other characters to make them less redundant).

That's a very crude way of looking at it, but the real answer is, when it feels right (or when the editors says it's right), it probably is. view post


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