I’ve fallen for the wrong man.
It’s not that I don’t love the main love interest in my next book, I do, I mean he’s awesome. It’s just, well, I have a secondary character who keeps grabbing my interest. I can’t help it!
I haven’t had many secondary characters in my books so far; being novellas I don’t want to overwhelm readers with unnecessary characters in a smaller word count. Yet this story is taking on a life of its own and stopped being novella status about 7,000 words ago.
Anyway, I do have supporting characters in this story, and there is one that is really coming to life. He has been a blast to write and I find myself sighing dreamily every time I come to write him 😀 But isn’t that part of the fun of writing, creating characters that not only the readers can enjoy but the writer too?
The main characters shouldn’t be the only people the reader wants to get involved with, right? If we do our job well, then our secondary characters should be as real as the main ones and a joy to read.
It got me thinking of all the supporting characters I’ve read in books, and how they can make a story so much stronger and unexpectedly so. They are an important factor in writing, one that sometimes gets overshadowed by the story and main characters I think.
I read Mathew Reilly’s, ‘Jack West Jr’ series, and some of the most memorable characters, for me, out of those books were secondary characters: Stretch, Pooh Bear, The Adamson twins. Incredibly written characters that were not the focus of the story but wouldn’t have been a such a great book without them.
Obviously, the character I’m writing hasn’t become the main focal point of the story, and if he did I think he might lose something for it, but he really does fulfil the best role as a supporting character. I just hope readers have as much fun with him as I have!
Have you written many secondary characters? Do you like them? Who are some of your favourite secondary characters, and from what books?
Word Count: 6266 (50,747 total word count).
Status of Third Manuscript: First draft written! Editing.
April E-Book Review: Book chosen.