My outline is going pretty smoothly. The main plot is strong through the first half, and then sketched out more roughly after that, leaving me leeway to make adjustments later.
I'm struggling with the casting, though. I have WAY too many characters, even after weeding out the unnecessary ones. I think i have two viewpoint characters, whose growing friendship plays a key role in the story. One of them has a love interest, a sister and brother-in-law; the other has a daughter; the love interest has a friend, and there is a father figure and a grandmotherly figure that play leadership roles among the locals. There are a couple of other urbanite refugees that were going to play key roles in creating conflict... but it seems like too much! Maybe it isn't..... I don't know!
How many characters can/should a novel illuminate? I have seen some suggestions, but they range from 4 to 20! I imagine this means it is up to me.... once again I have to do all the work on this thing while my muse is out stewing over the absurdity of political game playing!
So, I'm off with a notebook and a pencil to determine whose story this is and what their goals/conflicts are; if they are still interesting, they stay. If not, they get the eraser!
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