I am on my second book, and it is looking to become a pretty large book. I have many things in store for the story. However, I am at a bit of a standstill that I never had even considered when writing my first book. So my question is: Is it possible that your story can have too many main characters? The very fact that I am worrying over this is making me worry. In my first book, I knew just how many main characters I wanted. A party of 3 friends. (2 guys and 1 girl) But this next story I'm writing has a lot more fantasy and the world is much larger. In the beginning, there will be the same thing, a party of 3, consisting of 2 guys and 1 girl. I actually just added in the girl last night because she adds elements (and balance) to the story that I think are vital. The problem is, the main characters are going to travel to another world, where they are going to meet up with the party that they will eventually save the world with. So the entire party will eventually be a party of 7 main characters. 4 guys and 3 girls. (but at a certain point in the story, 2 characters will leave the party) (I have actually written in a large part of the story already, so writing this new female character in is a bit nerve-wracking) I have been wondering this...should I consider what the new female character adds to the story, and then seeing if I can "consolidate" her contributions to the plot w/ characters that already exist? But then again, as new as this female character is, she is a character that is dear to my heart and I feel that I will write her very well. Which is why I am holding onto her. What do you guys think? Any stories about times where you consolidated a characters contributions, or completely removed a character, even?