PubCrawl Podcast: Characterization – Ancillary Characters

This week JJ and Kelly continue with their characterization series by discussing ANCILLARY CHARACTERS. We love ancillary characters, they’re often our favorites!

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Show Notes

  • Secondary Characters by Marie Lu
  • Tips for Creating an Ensemble Cast of Characters by Julie Eshbaugh
  • Adding Depth with Secondary Characters by Amie Kaufman
  • PubCrawl Podcast: Romances and Love Interests
  • Ancillary characters are important to have in a story because they give context to your protagonist. The way your protagonist interacts with other characters will say a lot about who your protagonist is.
  • Ancillary characters can also reinforce the themes and subjects you want to cover in your novel. They can also add depth to your world.
  • Successful ancillary characters often possess traits that your protagonist doesn’t have, or complement your protagonist in some way, either in skills or personality traits.
  • Ancillary characters are often slightly exaggerated or heightened because we’re not in their heads; we’re viewing them at a slight remove.

Books Discussed/What We’re Reading

What We’re Working On

  • JJ is working on NOTHING and it’s GLORIOUS. Also, she’s cooking. You can check out the #jjskitchen tag on her Tumblr.
  • Kelly has finished her editing projects and is also doing nothing and it’s GREAT.

Off Menu Recommendations

That’s all for this week! Next week we have an interview with Roshani Chokshi, author of The Star-Touched Queen! Stay tuned!

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