During the writing of Chapter 2, and now through Chapter 3, it is dawning on me how important the supporting cast are. The leader of Antagonist #2’s House was followed in Chapter 2, and now the Leader of another House is being followed in Chapter 3. Though she is not as important in the greater scheme, she is important to the backstory of Antagonist #3.
As I mentioned in a previous post, it is the supporting cast who are the most able to build the unbiased view of the world around them. The main characters are then left to give the reader the ‘other side of the coin’, and let them decide if what has been established is a good or bad thing.
I have spent the last hour or so investigating the ‘Supporting Characters’ subfolder on my thumb drive. The count sits at 36, though they are spread across all seven books. The thought crossed my mind about how many characters there should be in a chapter, without underwhelming or overloading. For the purpose of my first five chapters, it appears the count is ten. The characters cover all areas of type (Main, Supporting, Bit Part).
Will experiment with the ten character count per chapter and see how it works out. Hoping that it feels epic without being bloated.