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Characters in Novels That Are Allies and Reflections

We’ve been looking at secondary characters in novels these past few weeks, and there is so much more to say about them. However, since we have six more key pillars of novel construction to cover the rest of this year, I’m only taking what I feel is a somewhat cursory glance at this very important pillar.

To me, characters are everything, and I put a lot of emphasis on creating complex, believable characters. And this is especially true when it comes to populating a novel with the three main types of secondary characters. Continue Reading…

The Nemesis Character Type in Your Story

Novels need a cast of characters, and developing rich secondary characters is a pillar of novel construction that cannot be ignored.

In this post and my next one, we’re going to take a look at the three basic types of characters in the supporting cast for your novel. You might have many secondary characters that play these roles, but there are three basic types—meaning, these characters serve a specific purpose in relation to your protagonist.

As I’ve said repeatedly, novels are centered on a protagonist pursuing some visible goal, and this group of characters appears in the novel to impact that in some way. But characters, just like real people, aren’t always so simply defined in motive, purpose, or intent. Continue Reading…

The Cast of Characters in a Novel

Last week we started looking at secondary characters in a novel. I often see characters populating a story that seemed to be tossed in for no apparent reason. At least no reason that ties in with the main plot—which is about the protagonist of the novel trying to reach some visible goal.

Sure, life is interesting when you have interesting people around you. But we shouldn’t be writing novels just to showcase fascinating characters. Novels should be keenly focused, and those secondary characters, however colorful or intriguing, play a specific role. Continue Reading…

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