By: C. S. Lakin
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.
It’s about Relationships
I mentioned last week that the purpose of inserting characters into a novel isn’t just about plot—what you have these characters do. It’s more about who they are. About relationship. Relationship to one another, but most importantly, relationship to the main character.
If it’s true (and I wholeheartedly believe it is) that the purpose of telling a story is to evoke emotion from your readers, what better way to do it than to show meaningful, purposeful relationships? The best novels, to me, are about characters who undergo significant change, and if you can create a character arc in your novel for your protagonist that has him change greatly and in meaningful ways by the end of the book, you are way ahead of the game.
What Facilitates Change?
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