In world building for an epic fantasy. I’m using the characters thoughts and actions (both heros and villains) to reveal more off the world. My biggest problem is too many characters. I already cut like 6. How can i tell if there are still to many?
This is a great question. There are over 2000 characters in A Song of Ice and Fire, the series of novels on which Game of Thrones is based. There are 150+ characters in War and Peace. So there is no hard limit on number of characters.
If you want to be extra-cautious, make sure each character is contributing to the story by making the main characters’ lives easier or harder. That will ensure that they are meaningful to the story you are telling.