The number one reason many beginning writers do NOT finish their first novel is because they try to cram every thought and idea they’ve had over the months and even years they’ve been working on the basic idea. As with any skill that you want to do well, you need to take the time to learn the rules of the road.
There are definitely rules for writing – both the short story and novels. One of the most important – Do NOT overwhelm your readers.
How could you do that?
Your book or story could have TOO many characters. Your reader wants to be able to identify with your MC, and if they’re appear to be too many important roles in your book, it leads to reader confusion.
So, learn to build your storyline around FOUR main characters with special emphasis on your MC – or Protagonist. It is important for your reader to be able to identify with them.
Another aspect of your storyline could be TOO many settings. When you create the world where your characters live, it is important for your readers to be comfortable. If you are constantly interrupting the flow of the story to describe a new setting, your readers will once again be confused.
The basic rule about settings is that you need to introduce them within the first quarter of the book. They should also be limited to the worlds of the four main characters.
Real problems arise when you have TOO many plots. Readers will get lost if you have too many storylines within your book. The general rule of thumb is to have one main plot and one or two subplots.
Feeling confined and restricted? Remember that this isn’t the only book you will write. Save some of those other plots for subsequent novels – OR even a sequel.