I won NaNoWriMo last Friday. Though I was pleased with that fact, something bothered me. The pygmies didn’t seem to tie into the overall plot. They are necessary to the main character’s arch. Plus one of them is in the novella I’ve got coming out next year. But how did they relate to the monsters that were killing everyone? That made me insecure. Have you ever found yourself where you knew something was a bit too loose within your story? I brainstormed with my husband (he was channeling his inner pygmy) and I realized the pygmies could take the place of another group of characters I’d intended on bringing in. Not only do I have a place for my pygmies, I now have less of a cast (having a large cast is one of my writing flaws). I’m feeling more secure now. Things are going better. I even found an image that represents my main pygmy, Fues.
Isn’t he great? Fues’s mask is bigger, but otherwise, he’s how I pictured him.
What are your insecurities this month? Have you had to tighten a loose plot? Do you have a problem with too many characters?