A couple quick questions.
First Question: What exactly counts as a subplot and what's the difference between a subplot and something that's just backstory? I ask this because I'm trying to gage my plot's relative complexity. Also, is there a recommended ballpark figure for number of subplots? Just wondering.
Second question: I vaguely remember reading somewhere that you shouldnt have two characters whose names start with the same letter. Or at least not have them in close proximity to each other story-wise. Exactly how "solid" a rule is that?