Posted on 11/09/2021 at 09:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Longtime book editor Jim Dempsey says writers can borrow at least one insight from the corporate world.

An international business, when asking whether an employee wants to accept a transfer abroad, might ask them to consider the people they’ll miss while geographically far away.

Dempsey calls this a “me map,” though for your novel, you’ll substitute the main character in for yourself.

In essence, you’re asking yourself whether each character that the hero/heroine encounters is essential to the story (and worth the reader’s energy to notice and remember).

Dempsey provides an example of “me mapping” in a post on making every character count at Writer Unboxed.

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