Today brings upon part 4/4 of my blog series “The Perfect Character” so let’s make it a good one.
More often than not, or at least in my case, writers forget that you need more than one or two main characters to develop. This is because it carries along your plotline and gives you more characters for your main character to interact with.
Your characters truly need ‘an inner circle’ to help them with development, which also helps you with more content.
Usually there are predesigned friend roles, or archetypes, that writers use fairly often that may help you.
- The main friend that we always see is the comforting friend. They don’t seem to have anything else going on in their lives except for comforting our main character.
- The next type we seem to always see is the smart friend. When our main character has a problem they’re the ones that either figure it out or help them to do so.
- Another friend type we see is the distant friend. This type of friend is normally seen very rarely, but still plays a very minor role in the novel. For example: it’s the main character’s locker neighbor. Friendly words are exchanged, but nothing is really ever revealed about them.
- One of the most popular archetypes (besides the comforting friend) is the happy-go-lucky friend. Even if they’re in a burning building they’d still say something positive. Usually they’re extremely hyper and semi-annoying.
- The last archetype that I’m going to talk about is the brooding friend. This friend is the negative aspect of the novel, never finding the positive side. It can either show a happy side of the main character or provide insight that the main character is negative thinking as well.
Using some of these archetypes is a smart decision when writing a novel. (It doesn’t even matter that they’re kind of cliche.)
More characters is better than not enough characters in my opinion. The only thing you need to be careful about is having too many characters without giving them their own moment/scene that makes them memorable.