This week JJ and Kelly continue with their characterization series by discussing ANCILLARY CHARACTERS. We love ancillary characters, they’re often our favorites!
- 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
- The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Morning Star by Pierce Brown
- Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
- A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
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
- Battlestar Galactica
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Orphan Black
- Writing in Real Life podcast
- The No-Sleep podcast (and accompanying subreddit)
- (And JJ still can’t remember what else it was she wanted to recommend. Oh well.)
That’s all for this week! Next week we have an interview with Roshani Chokshi, author of The Star-Touched Queen! Stay tuned!