Short Stories with 3 Characters3 character short stories
Decision about the number of characters in a short story
Our wish to create a storyline full of insight from different kinds of character with very different points of view ends with so many people either too overexposed or too obscure for the people. So, how many personalities could we build into our stories and evolve without distracting our reader?
In the case of a shorter storyline that would not surpass fifteen (15) pages, at least one main figure and a maximum of two should be good. You can then up to three (3) side roles, even if other authors can do without side roles. What matters is what kind of typing you use and how "short" your brief will be.
In any case, you should make sure that you don't let your side actors speak for very long so as not to give up the room for your main protagonists. Smaller personalities can be boyfriends, colleagues in a diner, allies of antagonist, or anyone with whom the main protagonists would interfere as you embarrass them and progress the game.
However, even if you restrict the exposition and speech of your side actors, you should be able to explain their existance and make them a dignified part of your game. If you were writing a tale about a physician who was responsible for the death of his baby, for example, you could get him to interfere with a physician pal, or perhaps with his own patient who would like to comfort him.
The side personalities will briefly appear in your storyline and may or may not have a significant influence on the main character's game. Featuring too many small personalities in a room or at a specific part of your storyline, you can puzzle your reader as to who is speaking and what their relationship to your main protagonist is.
Important personalities or main actors need as much room and attention as possible to avoid distracting your reader with their intent and deeds. When you decide to use your main character's point of views (POV) to explain your storyline, you would help yourself if you didn't interfere with too many of your own restricted area.
When you get along with a POV, you do it. Challenging yourself and using more protagonists than you can manage risks loosing your reader or you can even imagine them being mistaken for your storyline. In order to display your character efficiently, you should consider the number and length of rows in a certain sequence.
If you have a sequence in which everyone will be present for a meeting, debate, celebration or whatever, you will please your audience if your character can give a confusing, powerful, captivating and memorable dialogue-sharing. When you do that, you can be sure that you have given your reader a history that is definitely valuable in terms of your work.