…Authors… a wee re-musing about minor characters in yer masterpieces…

…I carried this post over a year or so ago, and thought it worth another airing… enjoy…

…there’s no doubt major characters in a novel carry the storyline to the reader-at-large… the confluence of their highs and lows (in the scribblers’ jargon – ‘the crisis – the solution – the next crisis – the subsequent solution, ad inforeverum’) are the meat and drink of most dramas… but, right here, I must ‘fess up… the delight in having lesser lights intrude is important to this ol’ Jurassic writer… it’s more than just the scrivener’s equivalent of wallpaper music in the  elevator, or the colour of the restaurant’s backdrop… the insertion of wee players at pivotal points in my books relieves the main characters from having do everything themselves to move the chapters along… more often as not, they can also provide much needed humorous interludes in an otherwise heavy-duty regimen… Master Billy Shakespeare was an expert in doing so… tragi-comedies are built on such techniques… but I digress… to be credible, the minor players, in my not-so-‘umble opinion, require every bit of fleshing out, and paradoxically, possibly even more so than major characters, because frequently they are in the plot for a specific purpose(s), and their actions must relate to the personality background I create for them… in two of my Jack Calder crime thrillers, THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY and DEADLY IMPASSE, I feature Rico Sanchez, a Mexican undercover operative in South America… although a supposedly minor name in the novels, he has significant impact on the outcome in each of these stories… the danger with minor characters is at least two-fold… first of all, to avoid typecasting… and more importantly p’raps for an author, not falling in LUV with having them in the story… at some stage, I had to devise means of extracting him from the books… not an easy task, I assure yeez… Rico is only one example of many who pop their heads in occasionally, and I generally greet them like friends who only visit at intervals… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

THE VIOLIN MANS LEGACY

myBook.to/theviolinmanslegacy

DEADLY IMPASSE

myBook.to/Calderdeadlyimpasse

 

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4 responses to “…Authors… a wee re-musing about minor characters in yer masterpieces…

  1. Reblogged this on Writer's Treasure Chest and commented:
    Read what Seumas Gallacher has to say about minor characters. Thank you, Seumas.

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  2. Another gem from Seumas. The book was an excellent read m’lord.Kept this little old gal on her toes…I too appreciate minor characters. Thanks Aurora. xx

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  3. Totally agree subsidiary characters are so important too. Love my mirror girl Esme in The Curse of Time. She’s ended up being a much more important character than I originally intended.

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  4. I’ve read you need to watch those minor characters don’t take over. Some get pushy. 😀 — Suzanne

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