A decent rule of thumb is to include only as many characters as are required to tell the narrative and evoke the appropriate style and scope—no more. This number might be as low as 2–5 minor characters in intimate novels, and as high as 20–30 in larger works. Even with a small cast, though, try not to focus on any one character for too long; it will become irritating for the reader.
The most important thing about secondary characters is that they should not be included solely to provide exposition or background information. They should also have an impact on the story by playing some role in bringing about the main characters' problems or difficulties. The more significant this role is, the more important the character is considered to be. There can be minor characters whose roles are very limited, such as those who exist only to explain something that has already been established through other means or to comment on events that take place during the story.
In general, it's best to avoid including more than five secondary characters in a work. If you do need to include more than one person to tell a complex story, then consider splitting up these individuals into groups of two or three people each.
As with main characters, it's important to give secondary characters distinct personalities and motivations that allow them to interact with the main characters intelligently. The more fully you develop these characters, the more interesting your story will be!
A script usually features three primary characters. However, your script can have as many characters as necessary to portray the plot. With that stated, there is a minimum amount of stories that each narrative must contain. In addition, studies show that each genre has an average amount of songs. For example, films tend to feature one song per minute while documentaries only have about four minutes of footage per hour.
The more characters there are in a screenplay, the more difficult it will be to produce a film. The same number of actors can wear more than one costume at a time or use double length hair if they each have their own scene. In addition, there are other elements that must be created for every character. For example, a character's face needs to be designed with make-up and costumes must be bought for each person involved in the production.
There are several elements that must be created for every character: descriptions of their appearance, their personality traits, what they want from the story, etc. In addition, research shows that the more characters there are in a screenplay, the less likely it is that anyone will ever read it. So, don't include more characters than you need to.
In my experience, the fewer the characters, the shorter the plot. I like to utilize no more than two characters in a narrative of 1000 words or fewer. Three or four characters are frequently sufficient in a story of roughly 3,000 words. A single character suffices for flash fiction of 500 words or fewer.
The most important thing is that you keep the story moving. You can say anything you want with enough words; just make sure they're the right words. And read on!
If you're writing your first novel, the common rule of thumb is to keep the word count between 80,000 and 100,000. While anything above 40,000 words can be deemed a book, 50,000 is considered the minimum novel length. Anything more than 110,000 words is considered excessive for a fiction work.
As for science fiction and fantasy novels, they can be as short or as long as you like. There are no limits other than your own imagination and creativity.
In conclusion, your novel should be between 80,000 and 110,000 words in length.
Most books have between 10 and 12 chapters, however this is not a hard and fast rule. It doesn't matter if you have two chapters or 200; it all depends on how comfortable you are with trying. Think about that, dear reader. Will the chapter breaks make sense to that reader, or will they be a distraction? A chapter break should always be an opportunity for you to add tension or excitement into your story, but not every reader will appreciate this. Some people want continuity of action and narration, while others want clarity of plot and characterization. You must be aware of these differences when choosing where to place chapter breaks.
In general, a book with fewer than 10 chapters probably won't feel complete or satisfying to read, while one with more than 12 might become dull. This is just my opinion though, so don't let it scare you off!
There are books out there that are hundreds of pages long, so keep in mind that novellas and short stories are different from novels in length. The usual structure for these works is that there are usually between 3,000 and 20,000 words in each chapter. Anything longer than this would be considered a novel.
Short stories tend to focus on one main idea or character development plan, while novellas can be wider in scope and may include several subplots. Sometimes authors will write a series of novellas that build up to a larger story later. These are called "miniseries".
The majority of experts think that 3,000–5,000 words each chapter is a decent starting point. As a result, 12–27 chapters for a YA novel would be a reasonable starting point. From there, you may narrow it down even further by reading similar works in the genre you're writing in. For example, if you were writing a dystopian novel, you might find out that other novels in this genre usually only have 20 chapters.
Of course, nothing here says you have to stick to these numbers. You can write whatever length book you want, as long as it ends somewhere. But knowing how many chapters there are in your story will help you plan out its structure and know where to put important scenes and elements.
There are no right or wrong answers here. It's more of an art than a science. But this number will help you decide how long your book should be.
A. For each literary category, there are broad guidelines: Short tales can range from 1,500 to 30,000 words, whereas novellas can range from 30,000 to 50,000 words. Novels range in length from 55,000 to 300,000 words, although I wouldn't advocate going for the latter, as works the length of War and Peace aren't exactly easy to market.
B. Between 5,000 and 10,000 words.
C. About 5,000 words.
D. Approximately 20,000 words.
E. No fixed length; some short stories are only a few hundred words while others reach more than 6,000 words.
F. About 7,500 words.
G. About 10,000 words.
H. From 3,000 to 6,000 words.
I. About 15,000 words.
J. From 5,000 to 7,000 words.
K. About 12,000 words.
L. From 1,500 to 4,500 words.
M. About 21/2 hours long.
N. From 6,000 to 8,000 words.
O. About 45,000 words.