Fireflies & Laserbeams

How to Make Your Story Richer Through Characters

Thursday June 6, 2013 | By Hieronymus Hawkes | Blogging | Leave Comments

[caption id="attachment_332" align="alignleft" width="483"]d105a-turtles_secondary_characters_sketch1p22_by_pedlag-d51tdgp Original Artwork by pedlag[/caption] Your protagonist can’t be all things. She can’t be the antagonist for sure, she can’t be a foil for herself, hmmm… maybe I’m on to something here, a story with one character playing all roles. ::Laughs:: Nah..sounds either too hard or just plain boring. So, what does that leave you with? Support characters! Everyone else the protagonist meets or interacts with. Some secondary characters are going to do some heavy duty, like Watson to Holmes. He is not only the foil and partner to Holmes, but the narrator as well. Some are not even going to be named. Ever looked at the credits to a movie? Guy with knife, 3rdgirl screaming, 5th dude that gets blown up. They are on screen as filler. What I’m shooting for here is somewhere in between. (more…)

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