Tuesday, February 08, 2011

When Supporting Characters Take Over

This week, Heather, Rima, and I talk about that frustrating and wonderful phenomenon: when supporting characters take over.

Of course, I gotta be a little different, so I recorded a short podcast on the subject. Check it out!

Check out Heather's take and Rima's take at their blogs!

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Next week, we'll cover writing battle and fight scenes. See you then!


  1. I like the idea of making it a podcast! You have a voice for radio.

  2. And a face for it, too! :D

  3. gurl do not even! You're like a smooooth NPR lady. Like the sexy kind, not The Delicious Dish kind.

  4. Ahahahaha!

    It's like acid!


  5. What a wonderful topic to discuss! I suppose you must allow the characters to do what they do :)

  6. Ooh, want to listen, but can't do that at work, so will bookmark for later.

  7. Oh, great podcast! That's happening to me right now in my WIP, and yes, you just have to go with it, aware each novel, no matter how meticulously plotted, is going to veer off on some tangent unconsidered, one of the beauties of writing.

    One of my favorite supporting characters is... Goodness, so many! Tom Cullen in The Stand, Frank Cleary in The Thorn Birds, Roberta Muldoon in The World According To Garp, inBOIL from In Watermelon Sugar (Even though inBoil is a real jerk, he's very humorously sketched.) Protagonists turn the story, but the supporting cast makes the reader wish to continue, sometimes at the slight expense of the MC's. But such is life; when it seems to be all about self, along comes a situation that alerts not all is so.