Words on Wednesday is going to be all about a part of the writing process as I do it, so look out for posts on drafting, revisions, and things in between and things that cover all of those things.
Today I’m going to talk about characters.
Just like with plot, there are many different kinds of characters.
There is the MAIN CHARACTER.
The main character of Storybook Endings is Margot
The main character of Stupid Cupid is Nicky.
This is the character that the story revolves around – their character arc, their goals, motivations and conflict. They are usually the narrator in first person.
There is the ANTAGONIST.
The antagonist of Storybook Endings is Angela.
The antagonist of Stupid Cupid Rio.
This is the character that has the most conflict with the main character and tries to stop them achieving their goal.
There is the love interest.
The love interest in Storybook Endings is Jack.
The love interest in Stupid Cupid is Sienna
This is the character that lends themselves to not only the main plot, but also a subplot – unless romance is the main plot of course!
There are tons of other characters! Side characters that come up a lot or a little, and characters that might be mentioned by name but not mentioned for ages.
With characters and plot, you need to make sure that emotional domiones and character arcs all line up. I’ll go into more detail about this in the future.
How do you come up with characters?