A to Z Challenge – S (WR)

It’s April again and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge and this year, my theme for the A to Z Challenge is characters and narrators.

SS is for side characters

They’re not the focal point of your story, they’re not even the dreaded enemy of your hero(ine), but like it or not – side characters are still important to most stories.

Why?

Well sir, they keep the story’s momentum going and often make the story richer in detail and life.  While the tension is ratcheting up (but you’re essentially in a set up scene for something really big about to go down) , you need to reveal the truth about someone, you want to give your character advice, or in the romance genre, while your heroine is being taunted and tempted (but not yet thoroughly seduced), it’s time to bring in the side characters.  

Oh side characters, you unsung heroes and heroines of plot, we honor you. 

Notable side characters:

  • Lydia (Pride and Prejudice)
  • Aunt May and Uncle Ben (Spiderman)
  • Silent Bob (though he is also a fun author insertion)
  • Dumbledore (HP series, all those fabulous quotes and plot devices he throws in Harry’s way are mighty helpful)
  • A heroine’s friend in any non-series romance novel.
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11 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge – S (WR)”

  1. I must confess, I often wind up liking the side characters more than the main ones. I dunno what it says about me, but they’re often way more entertaining than the protagonists. Whenever a (good) side character gets a spin-off…an angel gets its wings.

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    1. It’s true, some characters are more interesting and engaging than the hero. I find that to be the case sometimes in series with a lot of different stories, like Broadwalk Empire..I got so invested in a lot of the side characters (Owen and Richard Harrow, in particular).

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      1. I agree, though don’t know if Owen had good intentions or what his true intentions really were, but I sure enjoyed his story arc. And luckily for the actor, it got him into the daredevil role. πŸ™‚

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  2. Visiting you during the #Challenge and delighted to find this wonderful blog on writing etc. Have read back a few posts and learned something in each one. I have hit the follow button and will see you again. If you have a moment, come visit and see what I’ve been up to. Writing about the settings in a second novel published in April for this year’s theme. Loving it. I’ll be watching for you.

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting and following! πŸ™‚ I’ll be sure to check out your blog and your theme sounds lovely. Good luck with the rest of the A to Z as well. πŸ™‚

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