Dreaming in Character

G.L. Jackson

Now I’m Happy.


I’ve been plotting out my NaNo novel (as one does), and during the process realized that my main character is someone I already know.

Let me backtrack: I have a great fondness for writing sequels. The story I’ve been editing — the one I referred to in my last post — might not be my best work but it has spawned a whole world of other stories.

I didn’t realize this new one was supposed to be another piece of the existing puzzle until I got there and started matching up the edge pieces. It is such a relief to know I’ll be wading back into familiar waters. In each of these sequels I’ve taken a minor character and given them their own life and their own story. It pleases me no end to know that this character, who I’ve only used sparingly in the past, is about to get her own turn in the spotlight… and in a world I know so well that telling stories about it is really second nature.

This just goes to show that there really are no minor characters. Everybody is the star of his or her own show. All it takes is for the spotlight to turn in the right direction.

(Can it be November yet, please? Now I’m ready to start.)


Author: G.L. Jackson

Writer of steamy contemporary romance, reader, photographer. Mostly, I just like pretending to be a different person each day of the week.

4 thoughts on “Now I’m Happy.

  1. I have been wanting to read Marian’s story since Denny’s. :squee:

    I love it when a story slides into established canon. I don’t have to build a world on top of everything else and my secondary characters are generally pretty solid too. 🙂 Then there’s tone and style and vocabulary and sometimes structure that come built in… It’s just easier in a way.


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