3 Tips for Writing Large Casts: Guest Post by Angela Watts (The Mercenary’s Deception Blog Tour)

Hey, hey, hey, folksies! Long time no see!

Today I’m participating in yet another blog tour! This time it’s for the next installment in Angela Watts’s epic Infidel Books series: The Mercenary’s Deception. A.k.a. the one I went through with the most pain while beta-reading. But hey, I’m sure the pain will just continue racking up as the series goes on *sarcastic smile*

Anyway, today I’d like to present to you a guest post (and a very relevant one at that) by the author herself. Let’s get right into it, shall we?

3 Tips for Writing Large Casts

Writing a novel with a big cast can fit the story and be a lot of fun. But if it is something you struggle with, don’t worry. I have a few tips for maintaining a big cast and keeping character voices distinct!

Character Sheets

Before you write your novel, or as you write the novel, keep character sheets. These are sheets of character-oriented details, such as the character’s name, backstory, likes, dislikes, description, etc. This can help you maintain the basic details for each main character!

Organize Every Name

If you have a big supporting cast or mention random characters and get lost in a sea of names… don’t panic! Keep a list of names! Write down every name (and basic details per character, if you would like) listed in the novel besides the main cast. This also helps avoid reusing names within a story!

Know Their Voice

If you have your character sheet, you should make a note about the character’s voice and their main goal. If they’re snarky, their point of view or way of speech will be snarky and sarcastic. If they are more serious, this will reflect in the way they are written.

Be sure to understand the voice behind each character. This way, each character’s voice and goals shine through their points of views. If you know things about the character that the reader does not, these details will seep into the style and voice of the character and the scenes, as well!

I hope these tips help you! Write on!

Angela R. Watts

About the Book


The fate of the United States rests on West Johnston’s shoulders. West and Brian, the ex-general of the Union, work together to take control of the Second Civil War that ripped the nation apart. But their betrayal is short lived when the Union gains control and West must kill his mafia lord father.

During a rescue operation, Rene’ Fisher and Gideon Hochberg are kidnapped by a previous member of Springtown. If Rene’ and Gideon can hold on, they can give vital information about the war that could end it all. But if their teammates don’t reach them in time, the war could be over.

If you love post-apocalyptic thrillers and want a fast-paced and gritty adventure, grab The Mercenary’s Deception and follow West and his team as they face their hardest trials yet.


About the Author

Angela R. Watts is bestselling author of The Infidel Books and Golgotha. She lives at Step by Step Sanctuary, Tennessee, where she raises horses, dogs, cats, and snails. She’s been writing stories since she was little, and when she’s not writing, she’s probably drawing or working with her amazing editorial clients.


Website: https://angelawatts.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AngelaRWattsauthor

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Angela-R-Watts/e/B07F97JNMY/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeculiarAngela

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angelarwattsauthor/

Blog Tour Schedule

July 13

Merie – Guest Post

Angela – Introduction

July 14

Joshua – Review

Laura – Interview

July 15 (Release day)

Michaela – Review

Abigail – Guest Post

Angela – Release Post

July 16

Esther – Interview

Angela – Wrap Up

That’s it for today, folksies! Thanks for following along, as usual 🙂 I hope to post again soon!

Until then,

~ Merie

Do you find yourself struggling with writing large casts of characters? Were these tips helpful? (I know they are to me!) Have you read the Infidel Books? Because you should. Warning: It’s not for the faint of heart.

4 thoughts on “3 Tips for Writing Large Casts: Guest Post by Angela Watts (The Mercenary’s Deception Blog Tour)

  1. man, you just know it’s great when merie pulls out the stops for large character casts. i could never write one on that scale, but it’s fascinating reading other writers’ thoughts. best of everything good friend ❤

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