Of course there will be scenes or chapters from other character’ viewpoints, and these are absolutely fine, but one of the problems that can occur is that a secondary character gradually overshadows the main character. This sometimes happens naturally through the writing process because first and second drafts are usually the ‘bare bones’ of a novel and the writer is, therefore, finding their way with it.
The main character should always have the most dedicated chapters. The rest of the chapters should be shared between the remaining characters.
2 chapters involve the Peripheral character
Your main character should always be at the forefront of the story, so by using this measurement you can check the proportion of character viewpoints to see if your main character is the focus, or whether he or she is wallowing beneath other characters who have taken over most of the chapters, or whether minor characters appear too frequently than is necessary etc. You can then correct them and bring back a sense of balance prior to submitting your masterpiece to competitions, agents and editors.
Next week: Dealing with single character scenes.