Short stories don’t have a lot of space for non-main characters, but if you’re going to include a best friend or comic relief, make sure they earn their word count!
Write A Story That Gives Your Secondary Characters Something To Do
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Today’s writing prompt invites you to look back into your characters’ past again.
Imagine the first (significant) meeting between your protagonist and a secondary character
- Again, if you’re not a novelist, imagine this scenario for a short story you’ve written in the past, or for one you’re planning.
- If your novel-in-progress’s protagonist has a best friend, that might be the perfect person to choose here. If they have a ‘frenemy’, this story could shed some light on that relationship. You can even do this with a villain, if they have a history that begins before the novel starts.
- Show us this meeting. Set up some of the dynamics we’ll recognize between the two characters later.
- If your work-in-progress doesn’t have a great candidate for this story, invent one. A friend in the protagonist’s past, that we never meet in the later work, could set her expectations for all future friends (good or bad). Examine that.
- If you need help getting to the emotional heart of the matter, take a look at Donald Maass’s newest book, The Emotional Craft of Fiction.
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