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I'm writing a story in which I have to introduce a lot of characters at the same time. Can you tell me a good way to do this without confusing anyone?

This is hard to answer without knowing more details, such as the number of characters you're introducing and the circumstances (the scene) in which they're being brought into the story.

The thing to keep in mind, Miranda, is that it's easy to overwhelm your reader.  Introducing several characters simultaneously is generally not a good idea.

See if you can space them out a little bit.  Think of a book or movie in which there are a lot of "main" characters and look to see how they were introduced.  I think you'll find that they're rarely introduced more than a couple/few at a time.

If such spacing can work for your story, I strongly suggest you try that, rather than all at once.

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Vincent M. Wales


I am a speculative fiction novelist (fantasy, science fiction, and so on). While I may be able to answer questions on non-fiction, my specialty is fiction. Please keep that in mind when asking questions.


For four years, I taught a series of fiction writing classes in Sacramento, CA.

BA in fiction writing.

Awards and Honors
My 2004 novel, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, won BEST FICTION in Fresh Voices 2006, BEST FICTION and BEST YA FICTION in the NCPA Book Awards, and placed as a finalist in BEST BOOKS 2005. In 2002, my novel WISH YOU WERE HERE won awards for Best Fantasy and Best Fiction/Drama in the 8th Annual SPA Awards. My latest work is a trilogy titled THE MANY DEATHS OF DYNAMISTRESS (a superhero memoir). The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2013 and won the SF category in the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival, took second place in the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for the SF/Fantasy/Paranormal category, second place in the SF category of the 2013 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards, and was finalist in Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards, Fantasy category. The second book, REDEMPTION, will be released in early 2015 and the final book, RENAISSANCE, is scheduled for release in late 2016.

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