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#1 Andrew Nelson

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 03:42 PM

Have you ever had a character that started off as a minor one, but the more you wrote it the more interesting they became? I actually had this happen and I was wondering if others had encountered this. Originally, the character was supposed to be one of those pop in / pop out figures. But the more I thought about the 'background' the more intriguing it sounded. I began to write the back story and it became almost this tale of a fallen figure who's given one last shot at redemption. From that snippet, a short story evolved. It was only intended to be a time filler for my readers, something to carry them over between book two and three, but by then, the character was so rich and fun to write that I shelved the short story and proceeded to write a stand alone novel. Now I have two main characters, and their lives cross over into each others. Anyone else with a similar story to tell ?


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Posted 13 April 2014 - 10:56 AM

In book one of the series I am currently working on, I created a background character, whose original purpose was to add a little color to my main character's personality. He quickly became more of a nemesis, and before I knew it, a side character who has now been rolled over to book two. This guy's quirks, characteristics and annoying habits demanded he get more page time. 

 

And, sshh, no one else knows this yet, but he recently confided in me that he is actually the serial killer everyone has been looking for! My readers won't find this out until book three, however.



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Posted 17 April 2014 - 02:59 PM

Absolutely! 

 

I had a secondary character who was the uncle of my MC.  As I dug into his past and his personality, I actually ended up liking him much, much more than my main.

 

To the point that I am now working with him as my new main character in a new book and a new plot.  These things happen. 



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Posted 17 April 2014 - 03:05 PM

Absolutely! 

 

I had a secondary character who was the uncle of my MC.  As I dug into his past and his personality, I actually ended up liking him much, much more than my main.

 

To the point that I am now working with him as my new main character in a new book and a new plot.  These things happen. 

 

Something like that happened with one of my characters. The guy who would become the MC of Tenth Realm actually started out as a minor villain for the human protagonists, but he decided early on that he wanted to be the hero instead. XD


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 09:33 AM

Yes! This has happened to me. I created a character just for a filler. She was one of the supporting character's girlfriend. I actually hated her. I gave her a nasty attitude but she ended up being the most important character in my novel, aside from from the main character of course. Now I'm thinking about writing a short story on her! It's just so unbelievable to me because I added her last minute.


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Posted 25 June 2014 - 12:28 PM

That's how it happens Tosin.O, I just finished the outline for the sequel to that book. I find that having two separate protagonists allows me to explore to different worlds. What I can't get away with on one, I can on the other. Sort of like having your cake and eating it to !!


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Posted 08 July 2015 - 06:09 PM

You know the old saw from Raymond Chandler, "Have a man with a gun come to the door?"  Well I did and he turned into a darned interesting character - even though I had to kill him.






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