This week has been all about balance. As I’ve continued the editing process, I’ve tried to create some degree of equity in terms of character arcs and POV word counts.
I don’t think that POVs need to have perfectly matching word counts, but I do believe that different characters need comparable amounts of screen time. It is far too easy to write about a character and then have her disappear only to emerge at the end of the book and inevitably confuse the reader. (Where did this character come from? What has she been doing for the past 100 pages? Do I remember anything about her? Am I even interested in knowing how her story ends anymore?)
To prevent that from happening, I’m adjusting the weave of the different POV chapters. It is a bit of a picky process because the timelines don’t perfectly correspond. I know that they don’t have to match, but I struggle to be clear about the when and where as I move between characters.
I’d love to hear how the rest of you manage your POC characters! The phrase “like herding cats” jumps to my mind, but that may just be because I’ve been spending so much time reorganizing mine that I’m sure they must defy human logic.