|Lucy Liu as "Joan"|
|Martin Freeman as "John"|
If you find the sidekick in your writing a bit boring or you feel they just don't fit, rework them until they do. Don't settle. As Nike boasts, Just Do It. Get that red pen out and start editing or start over. I am a former teacher; I still have red pens in abundance. I left my work-in-progress alone for an entire year while I was finishing Free Runner and seeking publication. I wrote both stories one right after the other, but something was off with my second novel. A month after my debut's release it hit me. My secondary character needed fixing in my WIP. The sidekick, a thirteen-year-old boy, needed to be over the top on the funny, the silly & the outrageous. After all, he is in the prime of his middle school years. I grabbed my notebook and took notes on my thirteen-year-old son for the next few months. Countless times I said out loud, "Yep, that's going in my novel." The Main Character and the antagonist needed a complete overhaul as well. But we'll save the villain talk for another post. Muhahaha. (Wrings hands in anticipation.)
Are you satisfied with your secondary characters? Do they work well with the protagonist? Is it easy or hard for you to make changes in your writing? Do you have a favorite secondary character in a book, t.v. series or movie?
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