Person: How many OC’s do you have?
Me: That depends. Are you asking how many are in my current project? Or how many in all ongoing projects? Or how many in all projects, both current and defunct? Named characters only, or do unnamed characters count? What level of character development and/or involvement in the story is necessary to be counted? Should characters that were recycled from my old projects count as one or two? Should characters that were merged be counted as one or two? Should I count characters that were written out of the narrative? What about characters who are in my notes but haven’t been written into the draft yet? Many of them are well developed with long backstories. How long are you willing to wait while I count them