We’re building our novel this week with writing tips from author, Dan Brown. Today’s MasterClass lesson is about Universal Characters. Dan uses additional characters to compliment his main protagonist. They are the characters that may the expert that offers advice to our hero as they begin their journey in the story.
Think of other characters as the person your protagonist would call for an answer to specific subject. They might be the catalyst that helps your character have that light bulb moment, or the friend that helps them re-focus. It’s okay for them to be smarter than the protagonist because we’re human. We can’t know everything about everything.
In other words, when you’re sitting at your keyboard and you’re stuck don’t be afraid to phone a friend. When my fingers stop at the keyboard, I return to my familiar famous authors or online subscriptions for inspiration.
Using Dan’s advice, I’m thinking about who I would take along with me in a car ride that wouldn’t bore me to death or have me falling asleep at the wheel.
What kind of character would compliment my character in the story as the side kick or buddy? I don’t want them to steal the show, same with yesterday’s villain. Who is my support, or expert?
I’m pondering at the keyboard again.
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