Posted on 06/08/2021 at 09:18 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Dave Chesson acknowledges that static characters may not sound all that interesting, based on their names.

But in reality, they can (and often should) be well-rounded — it’s simply that, unlike the protagonist or other dynamic characters, they don’t undergo major changes throughout the novel.

Consider Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird) and Dumbledore and Voldemort (the Harry Potter series); these characters don’t evolve like Scout or Harry Potter, but they’re memorable to readers and effective for advancing the books’ plots and themes.

Head to the Kindlepreneur blog for more advice on developing and using static characters (and how they’re different from dynamic characters).

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