Last week I talked a little about how important it is to interview your characters from various perspectives. It helps to keep the book consistent, while aiding the author in understanding their hero or villain, so they can better represent motive, personality and responses. Along the same theme as interviewing your characters, it is important to be able to differentiate between them too – and that’s where ensemble writing comes in.
Ensemble writing is difficult. No doubt you’ve picked up a book with seemingly a dozen characters that look and act the same way. Often you’ll find issues in genre fiction, when all the heroes or heroines come from a distinct background, military for example, and they blend into each other, becoming one, vaguely rounded character, instead of six individual people.
That’s why, when writing a large cast, you have to know your characters really well. More importantly than that…
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