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How many main characters should you have your story?
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Three or four, that makes a good sized adventuring party. When the main characters are around make them intermediate but, if you're covering something like... an attack somewhere or something of that nature make it shorter to set up the next part of the story involving the main characters.

I don't know if you'd consider on and off as "writing a novel" I'll start writing down ideas but then I'll forget about it because stuff comes up but, I'm usually always thinking about what I'd like to do for it.
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Three or four, that makes a good sized adventuring party. When the main characters are around make them intermediate but, if you're covering something like... an attack somewhere or something of that nature make it shorter to set up the next part of the story involving the main characters.

I don't know if you'd consider on and off as "writing a novel" I'll start writing down ideas but then I'll forget about it because stuff comes up but, I'm usually always thinking about what I'd like to do for it.


I originally had three AND four but decided to go backward with five then six.


That sounds a little bit like me. I'm an on and off writer. My problem is that I can never focus on one type of plot, I lose motivation, I procrastinate, and worry about grammar, show and tell, and etc TOO much that it holds me back. I'm also lazy too.
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Nannernade wrote:

Three or four, that makes a good sized adventuring party. When the main characters are around make them intermediate but, if you're covering something like... an attack somewhere or something of that nature make it shorter to set up the next part of the story involving the main characters.

I don't know if you'd consider on and off as "writing a novel" I'll start writing down ideas but then I'll forget about it because stuff comes up but, I'm usually always thinking about what I'd like to do for it.


I originally had three AND four but decided to go backward with five then six.


That sounds a little bit like me. I'm an on and off writer. My problem is that I can never focus on one type of plot, I lose motivation, I procrastinate, and worry about grammar, show and tell, and etc TOO much that it holds me back. I'm also lazy too.


Ha ha, I'm the same way especially with procrastination. :P
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If I start off with a short story inside, then two or three main characters sounds more reasonable.


There you go, then.

I generally like to think about the end first, then think about the beginning, then try to connect the dots in the middle. I start by asking myself who my character is to become, and then where I want them to come from in order to get there. That makes determining what sort of challenges could believably take them from their beginning to their end a lot easier.

Though it may seem crude and simplistic, the story of the Tortoise and the Hare is a pretty good illustration of the process for a simple set of three points: the beginning, one middle point, and the end. The objective of the story is to illustrate a dual lesson about the dangers of overconfidence and the value of perseverance in the face of challenges. While this story could hypothetically be done with only one character, it's a bit easier to illustrate the contrast between overconfidence and healthy confidence with two. So we've two characters, an ending point they're supposed to reach, and a beginning for them to come from. We now only need for the overconfident character's overconfidence to somehow cause him/her to falter, and the opposite to occur for the other character. That's what the middle of the race is for, the part where Hare stops to relax and Tortoise just keeps puttering along. Overconfidence led to a mistake, persistence and healthy confidence led to a victory despite the odds.

If you repeat that sort of analysis for each part of your story, asking your characters who they are, where they're going, and how they are to get there, you'll be on the right track.
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Thank you.
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Thank you.


You're very welcome.

The thing that I would add to what I've already said is that you don't have to have a character develop entirely on their own, or only in contrast to a single foil's development. Don't be afraid to throw in some supporting characters, that's why they're called supporting: their primary function is to provide support for some character's development or to aid in the plot's progression. A supporting character doesn't have to develop to the same extent that a main character does, though they should be more than two-dimensional and should receive enough development to be seen as more than a plot device.

Character writing isn't easy, and you shouldn't feel troubled if your first, second, and even third drafts aren't quite what you're looking for. Writing isn't a perfectly linear process, it's more a line with a series of loops, brackets, and dead ends along its course.
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Good advice.
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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.

Explain your opinion in detail.

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I'm only asking because I have five main characters and plan on adding one more character. Would that be too much for readers to handle? Is having only one or two main characters more sensible? Does it depend on the story itself?

Bonus Questions:

1. How many long should each chapter be?

2. Are you currently writing a novel?

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Enjoy!!!


If you watch the game of Thrones there have been many. Some die off and new ones take their place. John Snow wasnt a main character but then became one, his character was being developed slowly. The Wire is another example. These arent anime but its the style of the writers that captures peoples attention. The way stories are being written are changing and thats why GOT is the best TV series running now and the Novels are super popular. And really GOT doesnt have main characters they have alot of lead characters that can be killed off at any moment. Sometimes as you write the story a different character may end up being better than a main character and decided to kill one main character off and replace him. Depending on the type of story does make a difference. Ya a love story wont have that many main characters, so it depends on the genre.

Halo Harvest Novel is another good example because they focus on the good guys, bad guys, and history so once again you dont have alot main characters just a bunch of different supporting characters. And because they go back and forth between good/bad guys/History there are more chapters than I expected. A good story develops bad guys to the point people love them.

1) Depends on the length of series and how much scene change takes place.
2)Im paying someone to adapt one of my screenplays atm.

Now all this is my opinion
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I've got fifteen/sixteen main characters in my book... I would say whatever works best for you/the story you're writing, though. The number of characters I have is going fine for me.

The highest number of pages I've had is around 11+, so I think around there is good.

I'm actually working on multiple novels right now, but my main one--that I'm also the farthest in-- is the one with all those characters.
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I've got fifteen/sixteen main characters in my book... I would say whatever works best for you/the story you're writing, though. The number of characters I have is going fine for me.

The highest number of pages I've had is around 11+, so I think around there is good.

I'm actually working on multiple novels right now, but my main one--that I'm also the farthest in-- is the one with all those characters.



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WOW Never know such forums existed O.O

Anyhow, my soul mate and I had been working on a story since February. It all started from roleplay forum and we edited them into a novel version!

It would be much appreciated if you guys could read and comment on us ^^

THE DEVIL AND THE PRINCESS {ENDED}

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which is written originally from roleplay version here: CROSSING PAST ORI

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This forum has been here for some time.
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oh coolie xD glad I found this then ^^
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