[Writing Prompt] Secondary Characters

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Short stories can feature just one main character. You can totally get away with it. But not all the time.

The Prompt

Play With Your Secondary Characters

What is a secondary character? It’s any character who doesn’t matter to the story if you take out the protagonist.

Everything the secondary characters do in this short story should relate to the protagonist in some way:

  • The villain forces the main character to pursue a course of action
  • The best friend helps the main character figure out what she should do
  • The sweet character storms off, showing up how much of a jerk the main character is being.

As you write your story today make sure to include secondary characters and pay attention to everything they do. if they start to wander off-script, into areas that do not directly relate to your protagonist, stop them! (Promise them their own story tomorrow, if you have to!)


And when you have written your story,  comment on this post and let the congrats come flying in.

One thought on “[Writing Prompt] Secondary Characters”

  1. Just finished today’s story. Don’t know how many words because I’m back to the spiral. But it’s pretty short about a snarling drooling fox seated upon a desk on the fifteenth floor of a modern office building. I like prompts that stimulate my imagination, but I’ll get back to yours, Julie. The ones I don’t get to I write down for later.

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