marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

arrival of the owl

So when will they split up?

I was poking around with the number of characters in a story -- on a journey, thus fixing the number of major characters and demoting all others to bit parts -- and I thought to increase it from three to five.

Whereupon two characters started to announce that they were going to refuse the journey.  (Hmm -- perhaps tell the others that they can bring back word and arrange for their rescue? as their way of bowing out?  Which will have Implications.)

And I know there will be a mysterious owl.  Perhaps I should have its arrival earlier and get things moving, three going on and two staying behind.  (Let's hear it for revision!)
Tags: beginnings, orchestrating characters, revision

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