Hi guys, I just posted a question on plot fluff versus meat. I was having a nice hot steamy bath to try and give my body a chance against this cold and I had a thought. When I write I try to keep my writing to my MC and I think that's why I struggle so much with thinking of what to write without getting too much into the fluff stuff. With my current idea for a novel, in my head I kill a character about 11 years into the novel. She was the girl my MC broke up with to 'make something' of his life. Because he isn't there I literally cut her out of the story until he hears about her death. Fair call in that instance. But the section I'm writing now, my MC has two friends Sally and Peter. MC dated Sally, and she's now dating his friend but it's all cool. They're good friends. I would rarely if ever, venture from my MC's storyline to delve into theirs. A movie I love is Safe Haven, and the romantic vibe of the movie is the style I'm aiming for in a way. I haven't read the book it's based on but I should. In that movie the MC goes to a small town to live and she' being chased by this Police Investigator so the storyline moves between him and her individual storylines. By them moving into his storyline which is intertwined with hers but still separate, it gives them a lot more to work with because he's talking to this person, investigating this evidence, etc. Does that mean, if I was to jump into the storyline of Sally and Peter, it would have to have some connection to my MC's story? If it didn't then it's not relevant to the novel right? Whereas if I jump back to my MC's parents storyline, this is intertwined with the MC's storyline as him leaving impacts them. And, can I jump into a characters storyline once or twice, or does it need to have an actual arc? For instance, if I was to jump into Sally and Peter's storyline once to show how they feel about him moving. They might be sad that he's left but happy that he's pursuing his dream. If I decided to follow their storyline I could show them being inspired to follow their dream which would be relevant to the story by showing how the MC's decision to leave affected them. And, if I would only jump into a characters storyline once, is it better to do this through another characters storyline that would be longer. Say I wanted to show that Sally and Peter were happy and sad, I could have them contact the MC's dad to see if he's heard from his son. I think I see a massive problem with why I run out of content. By limiting myself to just my MC and the people immediaetly around him I leave a lot. Thanks!