Most stories feature many characters. Stephen King’s It (1986) is one example where even briefly-mentioned characters are integral to the story. (You can see its full list of characters at Stephen King’s website.) Think Harry Potter, think Lord of the Rings, think Trainspotting.
But a good story may not need as many characters as you might think. What could you do with fewer characters?
With so many brilliant works already out there, staying fresh is more and more of a challenge for writers. But people constantly look for new twists and flavors in their reading material, and woe betide the writer who doesn’t deliver.
Sounds intimidating? You bet. But good writers manage to captivate their audience time and again with fresh ideas and details. The following principle will help you boost your originality, too.
What do genetics have to do with writing fiction? Everything.
The debate of Nature versus Nurture will likely rage on until the end of time, but the fact remains that many of our traits are down to simple genetics. Hair and eye color are just some of these traits that you have to keep in mind when creating a character. Here's how to get your genetics right.