- Choose supports that help to balance character traits of your lead e.g. I balance main character Rayna, who comes across as quiet and nice, with mouthy barmaid, Sandra and no-nonsense landlady Mrs Chester.
- Add a character who can torment your hero. This is someone who puts obstacles in his or her path, might drive your hero to distraction or certainly tests your lead in some way. For me this is my lead character's music agent. A nice guy but forces Rayna to face up to thinks she wants to avoid.
- Make sure supports don't steal attention away from your lead. So making them stereotypical is okay especially if they pass through the story to add something to your main character's story and head straight off the stage. Mr Chamberlain, the croaky landlord plays that role in the novel.
- Lastly, supports do need to be realistic too. There's no point in adding supports that do nothing to enhance the story and leave the reader wondering why they were there in the first place. So don't be indulgent, get real with your supports.
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
S for Supporting Characters
This post comes in the way of a writing tip. A few nuggets I read up on the way on creative writing courses and that you might find helpful when choosing and creating the supporting characters of your novel or story. They certainly helped when I cast my supports for When Skies Are Grey: