Writing 201: Crowd or Cast?You should know your overall plot by now and I'm sure you have your cast of characters in mind, now it's time to cut your cast in half, yep, seriously, cut it in half as you have too many characters. Yep, that's right, we'll focus today's article on something most people tend to ignore: how big should your cast be?More Like This
Here's the thing, the more characters you have, the more pages you will need to develop them in a satisfying manner. So, unless you're writing the next 1000+ novel I suggest you keep your cast with the minimum number of characters as possible your plot requires.
Why have two bad guys when one suffices? What's the point in having 50 mutants in a film where only one takes center stage *wink wink looking at you 20th Century Fox*?
I'm sure that when you cooked up a cool story you had about twenty characters in mind, that's perfectly natural, it's just too much fun creating people to populate your world. But there's an inherent danger in keeping such a bloated cast: the character
Flexing Your Imagination.Imagination is like a muscle. The more you work it out, the stronger it gets. I am often asked by other artists and students how i turn my imagination on. Easy, I don't. My imagination never goes off.More Like This
I see images in just about every surface, marble especially. Drawing to me is like breathing. I just do it. In my head images are constantly forming. Neurons are firing, stories grow, mature, and die between blinks of an eye.
I teach young artists how to be artists. Notice, I did not say teach them how to draw. I have spent a lot of time developing approaches to drawing, changing perspectives, and sketching dreams. What I have learned is that at some point everybody used to draw. At least they used to until someone said they couldn't. I realized many years ago that that I never asked if I could draw. I just assumed, no better yet, expected that I could draw.
Want to get good at using your imagination. Don't talk about it. You have to