Today in my post over on Blood-Red Pencil, I talk about Character Dump. That’s when you start your book by introducing way too many characters in the opening chapters. So many names are thrown at the reader that she forgets who’s who. She can’t keep them straight, let alone remember how they’re all related to each other and to the plot.
So many times, as I read a book, I have to flip back through pages to figure out who a character is. Sometimes it’s because too many were dumped in the book for me to remember them. Sometimes not only were a lot of characters named, but then some of them don’t even reappear for many chapters. By then, I’ve forgotten them.
As an editor, I create character legends. But I’m not going to do that when I’m reading for pleasure. I might flip back to find a character. Or I might just put down the book and walk away.
Hop over to my post on Blood-Red Pencil to read more and to learn about creating your own Legend of Characters.
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