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    practical experience, FTW Coco82's Avatar
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    How big is your cast?

    How big is your cast of characters, MCs and secondary characters?
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    I'll bite:

    1 MC, four supporting characters, another few minor characters, and all manner of people that the MC encounters. 1 main villain with a few supporting roles.

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    I have 3 MCs, one antagonist, two supporting characters and that's really it. Sure, I have the lady who pours coffee in the cafe, the wacky mailman and that uncle no one likes to talk about, but the story would be perfectly fine if everyone but those six were cut.
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    First ms:

    MC: 2
    Supporting: More than half-a-dozen

    Second ms:

    MC: 2 + 1 planned addition
    Supporting: 6+

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    Several dozen, with any novel. The WIP right now has 3 main characters plus 16 - 20 supporting characters. The main characters get the most viewpoint time, but 4 or 5 other characters will have moments where the action is seen through their eyes.

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    My current book has about 20 named characters that appear in more than one chapter. But it is told from only one point of view.
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    1 MC, 1 antagonist, 6 supporting and a bunch of minor characters

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    2 MCS, 5 supporting.
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    For the first book: A Primary and Secondary Protagonist, five supporting characters. 12-15 named minor characters.
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    2 MCs (dual viewpoint), 4-5 important secondary characters, and a smattering of other people that just have a few lines or are mostly in the background. My book is only about 80k, though, and I don't think it's ambitious enough to be classified as epic fantasy.

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    2 MCs, 1 secondary, 1 villain, 2 supporting, and a bunch of random extras and creatures.

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    6 MCs (2 guest one here and there, 4 stables ones) All multiple limited, switching off.
    20 Major characters (guessing)
    10 Minor characters (Name and page presence, but don'e affect story).
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    Epic fantasy... 140k words at least (no debating wordcount please... I have done my research).

    6 rotating POVs
    2 are "main"
    4 are supporting
    10ish semi supporting
    10 plus named folks that characters meet or interact with... maybe more.

    In truth... not a huge cast compared to most epic fantasy books
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    One main character, two supporting characters/love interests, two supporting characters, and a main antagonist. I only have one viewpoint, that of the MC. I was wary of having too many characters to keep track of; I dislike leaving any of them superficially/badly developed.
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    I've got my protagonist, two very important support characters (who get a fair amount of pov time), a main antagonist and a few more "lesser characters" and baddies who show up several times throughout the book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrastersBabies View Post
    Epic fantasy... 140k words at least (no debating wordcount please... I have done my research).

    6 rotating POVs
    2 are "main"
    4 are supporting
    10ish semi supporting
    10 plus named folks that characters meet or interact with... maybe more.

    In truth... not a huge cast compared to most epic fantasy books
    Mine is similar in scope. My WIP is a epic scifi/future history novel and have 5 main POVs possibly 1 smaller one, and each POV has supporting characters in it.
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    One MC, 6 almost MCs (very important characters but their viewpoints are never given since it's all in first person), 2 antagonists, about 5 secondary characters and about 15 named but minor characters. And then there's the rest of the city, the soldiers and so on

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    MC:2 with a third that becomes a MC for a time, then fades away.
    hmm prolly half a dozen true supporting characters. I wanted to keep the cast small because I want to focus on development of the 2/3 MCs.



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    I'm attempting to stick to a single POV in the current novel. I had too many in my first novel, and it's one of the primary things that kept me from selling it.
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    1 MC with four supporting chars, one primary antagonist with two supporting characters.

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    My current WIP has 4 MC's, all of whom also double as antagonists for each other.
    Maybe 3 or 4 supporting characters.
    Then quite a lot of minor characters.

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    WiP has 1 MC, 4 major characters and a whole slew of minor characters.
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    Nine POVs (all major characters). I think I remembered them all. That includes protags and antags.

    The cast list has roughly about 70 named characters. Seeing as there's two armies battling, there's thousands of characters yet to be named (should I have reason to pick them out, of course).
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    I've got four MCs in mine, off-hand I can think of 2 major supporting characters (I'm in the middle of revising between what I call draft 1.0 and 1.5, the latter of which involved one completely new MC while another supporting character was upgrading to MC). There are a handful of other characters as well, obviously, though most of them are not incredibly well-defined at this point in time. I don't see the main cast getting beyond 10 though, at least not if I can help it.
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