I'm kinda working on this story that I've had cooking in my head for about 5 years now, which has molded in a plethora of ways due to the people who have come and gone in my life in that time period, as well as the experiences I've had in that time period. My biggest thing is that I enjoy characters when I read or watch a piece of work. I enjoy learning about them, what they do, how they interact, who they know, what they've been through, etc. At the same time, I enjoy a good plot. A good plot can keep me hooked to the point of addiction. I feel like the TV Series Scandal has both because it's very fast paced, yet, I'm constantly introduced to new characters while learning more about the old ones and seeing what happens to them in the plot, which is what entices me to the idea of a series. I feel like with just one novel, I have to have a beginning, middle, and end, and I'd feel like I have to unravel this big plot and make it small enough to just throw together in one book, possibly neglecting the character development I'd want to do, which the part of me that enjoys an epic plot is fine with that. On the other hand, I've created some very interesting characters with very interesting back-stories that I want to see interact, I want their stories to be told, I want to show what they go through, and whatnot, and I feel to do that as well as create a decent plot, I'd have to drag things out and do a series in order to just reveal and reveal and reveal what there is to know about these characters to the point where I feel like they're actual people I know. My question is how do I find that balance? Do I do one or the other, or is there some middle ground I can reach? If I were to do a series, how would I go about dragging out a story for the sake of all this character development I want to do?