Although Week Three concerns plot, author Alexia Arthurs offers the following insight:
Prior to beginning a short story or longer work, you might ask yourself:
1.) Who are your cast of characters?
2.) What does each character bring to the narrative?
3.) Are there major and minor characters, or does every one hold an equal importance?
4.) Is anyone lagging behind-whom never came into their own? If you’re bored by certain characters, chances are the reader will be, too. If you can’t develop the character further, you might want to consider omitting said characters.
5.) What type of cast would serve your work best?
Some benefits of a larger cast:
-Multiple POV’s can shed light on a common source of interest in a narrative.
-A large cast can add energy to the story. If you’re familiar with George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, then surely you see the logic of this.
Lastly, Arthurs speaks of hierarchy:
Whose story/stories matter most?
What is the narrative about–both thematically and concerning plot? Never underestimate the power and importance of theme.
What impressions do you want to leave with the reader?
Each character should earn his/her space on the page-as individuals who really resonate, and as such are due their narrative space. Make them earn their place. Challenge them in ways other writers aren’t. Embrace the extraordinary, the unorthodox and strange. But keep it real, believable, and above all else, always write with integrity and honesty.
As always, thank you for reading and being a part of my journey. Feel free to add any questions or tips you might have regarding these things. I’ll catch you in the comments section!:)