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Author Topic: Fantasy Sub plots/ character trials - When is it too many?  (Read 200 times)
sm_davidson
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« on: February 09, 2018, 10:50:31 AM »

Hey amazing QT community,

I am just revising my first draft YA fantasy and I find myself re-evaluating my outline. How man is too many sub plots and/or character trials. I have about 4 major trials that the antagonist traps my MC in before we get to the main conflict's climax. Is this too many? Am I bogging my story down with too many rise and falls? I understand the subplots needing to be there, but at some point can I hurt the progression of my story by putting too many obstacles in the way?

Look forward to any feedback!
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2018, 03:26:27 PM »

Yeah you can definitely bog down a story with too many subplots. Usually in western literature we follow the rule of threes: the three act structure, 3 disasters and an ending, etc.

Are the trials making things worse and harder?
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2018, 04:20:14 PM »

I think you can have as many incidents as you like as long as every one substantively changes the protagonist's situation in a way that moves them closer to the final confrontation.
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