Happy start to the new year, everyone. I’ve been busy editing, just finishing a pass on the current novel. As I go through (and as I get feedback from first readers), I’m always fascinated to see which of my characters really shine. They’re not always the protagonist and I find that fascinating.
One thing I’ve been doing during this edit process is a little bit of redistribution. I realized that a lot of important things were being relegated to two of the supporting cast when really, those things needed to be spread around. I’m very good at keeping a cast of characters small, but less good at including more people in more important ways. When I go back and read, that brings to light the question of whether those other characters are necessary. In this book they are, so I needed to give them more to do.
Do you writers ever find minor characters stealing the limelight? It happens to me all the time. (Sometimes I just write them their own books afterward. That way, everybody’s happy.)