I've not able to do much this week, but one of things I have managed to tackle is a rewrite of Chapter 6. Regular blog readers will know I'm currently in the process of revising the first 11 chapters of my novel using the MRU technique. A how-to can be found in Writing the Perfect Scene from Advanced Fiction Writing. Anyway, there are two characters here that appear only in this chapter, which is such a shame as they are so likeable. I enjoyed creating them and writing them, and I thoroughly enjoyed revising them too!
There is, of course, the danger that minor characters can steal the show. Although there's no danger of these two reappearing anywhere else because they've been written into this location, and are stuck there for all eternity - muhahahahaha. No really! They're two crew members of a stellar liner, and there's no likelihood of them popping up anywhere else. Thankfully.
It is important to have something likeable about characters you create, especially if your character is the protagonist, and is someone who wouldn't ordinarily be the sort of character your readers are rooting for.
Even villains should have something your readers can identify with. Think of Ernst Stavro Blofeld from the James Bond films, he loves fluffy white Persian cats! Ahhh - how sweet. He's not all bad, and therefore not one dimensional, which is something that as writers we must strive to avoid, if we want our stories to be publishable.
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