Posted on 03/23/2020 at 12:36 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Secondary characters don’t receive the bulk of the “screen time,” so to speak, but that doesn’t make them unnecessary or unimportant, says C.S. Lakin.

Of course, you don’t want them to hog the spotlight or clutter the pages, either.

So how do you balance these two pieces of advice?

Lakin suggests that your secondary characters bring out either the protagonist’s strengths or his or her flaws — such as having them be an advisee or an advisor.

Check out some strong examples of secondary characters and see how they contribute to their story’s plot on Live Write Thrive.

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