Sunday, 29 May 2016

WRITING A NOVEL: PART III - Introducing new characters



After a few busy days where I hadn't had the chance to really write on my novel, I continued my writing again. In my opinion it always take a moment before you get into the writing again. Especially when you are in the middle of a chapter or a plottwist. Note to self and perhaps to you guys: set yourself an endgoal and keep to it. Stopping in the middle of a chapter, wasn't the best idea I had recently. In fact it was on the worst I had and if you know me; I have a lot of bad ideas haha.

Introducing new charactersOh sweet mother Mary, this is going to be interesting I thought. And it was. I'd written quite a story of my Part I of the book. It was easy to write, because you are writing mainly about the protagonist and his family that moves to Wales. There are only a few familymembers and they don't need that many explanation on their characters, because my idea was to let them be more characters in a supporting role, not a protagonist or other very important roles.



Okay fair enough I thought, but I had to introduce a very important main character. Someone who becomes the best friend of my protagonist throughout the book and will get through the same problems, struggles and trifles. (Well at least 80% or so)

But how do you introduce such characters? Do you go all in and explain everything about him to the readers? Do just tell nothing and let them find out for themselves, by simply reading the rest of the story? Do you give the readers the impression he or she is very important, but gradually let them slide into the story? Or do you start with giving them a supporting role and let them evolve throughout the book to a main character? OMG I have so many questions and can't get my head wrapped around it!

I haven't decided yet what to do about it, but I think I'm on the right path. I've introduced the new character to my protagonist. They barely know each other yet, but I have created a opportunity where the protagonist learns more about the new character. That's one side of the coin, the other side is that the reader can form some initial impression of the new character. I'm trying to let new characters, those who become friends or detested, come into the story without giving everything away. I want the readers to form their own opinion and come to the conclusion later on, that their thesis is right or wrong. That gives the story a twist I want. Everyone has a typical view on how to adult or how to deal with struggles. I want to give the readers the chance to think in their own way, rather than putting it in front of their noses all the time. Does this make any sense?

I've introduced Rhod. Rhod is a bloke who lives across the street of the protagonists new home in Swansea. Rhod lives next to Uncle Daniel and the father of Rhod is Gary, an old friend of Rhys (Father) and Daniel (Uncle). Rhod is one year older and introduces the protagonist with one of the most important things throughout the book: Swansea City. I know this is a footballclub, but it's not only about the game. It's a certain lifestyle, it's the way of living for the boys from 14 years old.

I hope you enjoyed this little piece! If you ever have any questions, remarks or something to add, just email/tweet me! I'm open for suggestions!


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