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Add a Bit of Romance to Your Novel

There are three basic secondary character role types in novels, and we’ve looked at the first two: the nemesis or antagonist and the ally or reflection character. You may not have one or both types in your novel, but if you can find places for them, it’s likely (with most plots and genres) that your novel will be better for it.

Novels are like slices of real life, and just as we have people in our lives who act as friends or foes, our protagonist should have similar people in her life. What I’ve been emphasizing while exploring these character types is the need to avoid slipping into stereotype. This is a big problem in may stories, whether movies or novels. The ally or nemesis is so predictable and cookie-cutter, we can almost predict what they are going to say and do at every turn. Continue Reading…

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