Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Minor Characters are Real People Too.
Minor Characters have many functions. They are the cogs that keep the machine of your novel running. They are there to support the Main Characters. They are there to enrich the story. They are there to populate your worlds or to push the plot forward.
But they are more than just a function. Minor Characters are real people too and, like real people, they cry out for attention. They can have backgrounds and reactions and feelings. They can be unusual. They can have secrets. They can intrigue.
As long as we balance how much we give our Minor Characters, by making them interesting, they can help to breathe life into our novels.
Do you spend much time thinking about your minor characters? Has a character ever started as a minor and ended as a main character?