Managing the Number of Characters in a Story

As you add more characters into a story, you will have to take care of more and more details. This is why author and technical writer Neil V. Young starts with a small cast of characters and works his way up. He finds that he is more comfortable with four to six recurring characters, which include the protagonist, antagonist, and the close relationships of those two main characters. Overall, Young wants every single character to be identifiable to readers. He hopes someone will read his books and say, “I know someone who is just like that.” Having these relatable, recognizable characters is important to Young, as it makes readers more invested in his stories and characters.

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