Crowd Control: Managing Multiple Characters in Short Fiction --- Richard Farrell | Numéro Cinq
The issue of “crowd control”—introducing, developing and dramatizing multiple (more than, arbitrairly, 4) characters in a story—is a central one for short story writers. Crowd control matters no less for novelists, but with greater chunks of time and physical space, a novelist can more evenly pace character density out over the span of several hundred pages. The story