Sorry for the big post, but I've been on hiatus from writing for about 3 months (finishing up a dissertation) and now that I'm coming back to my story, I'm concerned. I've had time to think about some insecurities I've had for a while and they're really bothering me now. My biggest concern is that 6 of the characters that I want people to care about (that's a lot, I know) are simply not given enough time in the spotlight. They each have 2-3 chapters focusing on them and the MCs' interactions, but then because of the MCs' journey they disappear from the story for a while until events bring them all back together. I've tossed around a couple of ideas on how to address this: cutaways to events happening with these other characters at various points in the story -- the biggest pro to this approach would be showing how the characters end up back together, but the book is already ~120k to 130k words so I'm worried it might get bloated break the story up into a series of novellas instead of one big novel -- I can easily expand on 5 of these 6 characters' arcs to give them about 30k - 40k words each, so I'd have a novella for each of those characters and a few more for after they all get together ignore it and follow the current outline anyway focus on a smaller project currently on the back burner while I figure out what to do with this one I've thought about the pros and cons, but one that might not be obvious is that changing how I present the story (especially the novella approach) messes with my excerpt structure. I put little first person accounts (excerpts from a book my MC gets about 1/3 through) at the end of each chapter that are essentially lore dumps. If I break the book into a series, I don't know how I would present this information outside of a huge lore dump 2/3 through when the MC finally reads the book she gets (it's locked until a plot-crucial event occurs, so she can't start reading earlier). Honestly, if it wasn't for that issue I probably would just go straight for the novella approach. Thanks in advance. I would really appreciate any advice on this.