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How much is too much? posted 08 May 2005, 12:05 by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

When it comes to the scale of a story, just how much scale is too much? I'm sure this would depend in part upon the writers abilities, the flow of the story, and so on... For instance, what if the story requires upwards of 10 or more main characters? Each neccessary for the plot to advance properly? Is it better to change the story so that there isn't a need for so many main characters? Any random advice or pointers anyone could offer would be most appreciated. Thanks! - David view post

posted 08 May 2005, 15:05 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 [i:2jcyli5d]probably[/i:2jcyli5d] 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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