Hi all! New to the forums and writing as a hobby (I'm generally a short story/poetry writer but I'm trying to stretch myself!) so I would love some advice if it isn't too much trouble? My latest idea is magical realism. It involves my dissatisfied protagonist waking up with a different version of her life every day, experiencing the consequences—and some rewards—of all the different paths she could have taken in life. The thing is, whilst some of my main cast are gonna stick around day-to-day, and the format of my novel (as of yet) is more a collection of short successive stories than an epic narrative (it's an experiment, although there are definite plot threads, a Beginning, Middle and an End), I'm concerned that if I were to develop this concept into a fully fledged novel then the only character that would grow throughout the story is my protagonist, since the cast rotates and essentially gets erased every chapter/section. I thought I could perhaps solve this by introducing a magical realism type 'genie' to 'guide' my protagonist and explain how the magic works, which sounds cool, right? Well, I certainly thought so, since I've already used this idea in another (much more elegant) magical realism WIP I've got ongoing. Both of these ideas grew from the same place, but are discrete concepts, hence I'm reluctant to rehash my other WIP as I'd like both projects to exist in their own worlds, as they appear to me. Anyway, back to the point: should I worry about only having one linear character in my narrative? Or should I give my protagonist a 'companion' to develop with instead of going it alone? It'd be like Doctor Who, except with exactly one less blue phone box. Maybe, like a Time Lord (I'm showing my nerd here), he/she could take different faces? Like an old man on a bus, or a little kid in the street? Hmm. Perhaps not. I would want it to be one guy, to balance my female protagonist, and to develop him into a complex character in his own right. But then it would be too similar to something I've already done. It is favourite character dynamic, after all. Ugh. WDYT? Does my novel need a genie? What else could solve this plot/concept/really big problem? And have you ever used a major idea in more than one project? TIA!