31 Day Writing Tips - Day 15
Green Bay, Wisconsin
May 15, 2019 9:20am CST
Yesterday I wrote on character development. I'm going to continue with that thread as there is a lot more to write about than I focused on yesterday. Another part of character development deals with the number of characters in your story. Too many and you overwhelm the reader, too few and your story could lack interest. Though I have heard of a two-person story. Your secondary characters help your main character by supporting them in various ways. In Scarred, Jo-Ann has a moment of doubt and despair, despite her strong faith. Too much has gone against them, when Emalei reminds her that God is everywhere and encourages her. It's not the only time she finds encouragement. In order to have good character development in your secondary characters, you need to know them as well as you know your main characters. Don't shortchange them. Balance your secondary characters with your main characters and you will have a strong story. When it comes to the characters in your book, it isn't good to give several characters names starting with the same letter. It can bring about much confusion when it comes to who's speaking. You don't want to confuse your reader. I hope these tips are helping you as a writer. Thanks for reading.
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• United States
Interesting! It seems hard, at times to make the secondary characters well rounded too... and you had a good point - I was listening to a mystery and the names were similar so I had to keep wondering - (is this the person who had the jewellery stolen? or is the the biggots' wife?)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
I think authors don't realize how confusing it can be when they come up with the names of their characters. I know I have two characters with the same letter in Thread of Evidence, but they are in no way confusing.
• United Kingdom
More useful tips. Have you ever read war and Peace. It is an amazing book,. Once you have got your head around the characters that is. Initially you have to return to work out who was who but once you have that sorted the book is wonderful!