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.)