One of the most difficult aspects of putting together a fictional work of great length is bringing the threads together.
In Five Little Pigs, Christie tried to do it by presenting the tale through five different characters’ eyes but in devoting a chapter to each, the danger was in losing the momentum at the end of each chapter.
Simenon did it by letting the plot direct which new character emerged as part of the investigation, until, as the plot thickened, you might have up to twenty characters by the end.
# In my long book [3 parts of 25 chapters each, each chapter around 7000 words], there are three types of character – constant, recurring and chapter based.
For each part, all the main characters appear within the first three chapters, give or take, even if only a walk-on and then that person might not reappear until a later chapter.
# Another dynamic is grouping the characters according to setting – there could be something concurrently happening, therefore, in Shadzhara, Moscow, London, North of England, Prague, Melbourne, Denpasar and Frankfurt.…