So…I just got back from the airport (my family dropped my cousin off) and I’m running on little sleep. I haven’t done anything today except read manga and drink coffee. Then I realized it was Tuesday. So here’s a post for you guys!
story time with melissa
I have two specific soundtracks that I like to listen to while I write. You know, to help induce the emotions in my words. During the trip to the airport, I blasted my writing music in the car. My family didn’t mind. Most of them were sleepy. Both of my brothersÂ and my big sister took a nap on the way there.
^^^ This is the soundtrack that made me ponder this topic! ^^^
Since I couldn’t sleep, I stared out the window and simply thought. I guess since my music is associated with my writing, I couldn’t stop thinking about my characters. I thought about the problems I’ve run into during this first draft. My main character has a lot of dilemmas to solve, but should my other characters have some as well? I don’t want to overcomplicate the story, but the readers should know that the other characters are human, too.
secondary characters in your novel
Should you give them a spotlight? Do they deserve it? Do the readers even care?
In some of the anime I watch, too much time is given to secondary characters. Sometimes I get annoyed because the spotlight is taken off of the main character for so long. I don’t care much about what happens to the secondary group of people. All that matters to me is the main characters.
I didn’t want the same problem to occur in my novel. I didn’t want readers to think,Â I don’t care about them. I just want to know what happens to the MC!
So then I got an idea. Instead of focussing on my main character and his problems all the time, I want to incorporate an issue with another character. However, instead of what happens in some anime shows, I want to make sure that the issueÂ directlyÂ ties in with my MC’s problem. They have to coordinate together like a team.
Not every character needs a story. If you’re writing a long series, than maybe the important secondary characters can have a segregated issue in their personal lives. However, if you’re writing a lone piece, I believe it’s best to keep the issues tied into one story.
What happened to this secondary character? How does it help the MC? How does it hurt the MC?
Take two friends. Give them both issues that clash and ruin their friendship. I think that’s a little more intense than breaking them up over a silly fight. This adds more complexity to your story, but be sure to use it in moderation.
So, how do you guys deal with secondary characters and their personal issues? Leave me a comment below 😀 I’d love to discover more about this topic.