Supporting characters are like the cherry on top of a sundae. They bring that extra comedy, drama, or anything else that can make a story that much greater. Supporting characters are one of my favorite types of characters to write and I’m going to give you five reasons why below!
- They Give You Someone Else to Write About:
I love main characters! You can throw an entire backstory and loads of emotions on them, but sometimes it helps to be able to take a break and add on a part of the story that does not center completely around the main character. Supporting characters allow you to do all of this while still adding on to your story and creating (hopefully) really great content.
- Support Your Main Character:
Whether it is good or bad support there is no denying that your supporting characters are going to help move the plot along. I bet you can think of at least one instance in a book you have read where a supporting character did something to set things off. Now, this might not always be a good thing, but they are still the ones that started the ball rolling in the first place.
On another note, they are also sometimes just there to lift up and support the main character. This part is perfect for best friends, cousins, parents, siblings, teachers, girlfriends/boyfriends, and so many other types of people.
- Give the Reader Someone Else to Relate To:
We can’t always relate to the main characters in our favorite books, but we can sometimes relate to the supporting characters. By having supporting characters, I believe that you are giving your readers more opportunities to relate to a character, which might make them like the book even better.
I’m not saying that your readers have to relate to at least one character to enjoy the story, but as a reader myself being able to picture myself as someone in the story really helps me connect with it.
- Round out the Story
Pride and Prejudice without Mr. Collins? The Hunger Games without President Snow? These two characters might not be the main ones, but they make the story what it is today. Your supporting characters are going to help round out the story and make it a much better work than if you wrote with only main characters. They are going to provide humor, drama, and so much more for your story.
- They’re So Much Fun to Create!
Whether it’s nice characters or super mean ones, I love creating supporting characters. They give you the chance to delve into the heart of someone that is not your main character and to create something that is truly new and exciting. They’re also not your main character so supporting characters give you the chance to concentrate on someone else in your story. Because let’s be realistic, sometimes our characters do the exact opposite of what we’d like them to do.
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