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Character Creator: Side Characters - Creative Writing - Distance Learning

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8th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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  1. Learn all about creating protagonists, antagonists, and side characters.Protagonist Description:One of the common problems I see when it comes to character creation is that beginners focus too much on figuring out surface details about their heroes and don’t know how to add dimension and depth to th
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A problem that can come up with creating side characters, is that newer writers will craft characters that might be fine as individuals, but they don’t work very well together. They might be interesting themselves, but the interesting parts don’t fit the story.

Another common problem is that the characters are all too much alike. They may have the same beliefs, worldviews, interests, or voices. This leads to a story feeling unbalanced, and its theme, incomplete.

This resource will help writers create balanced, captivating side characters that will strengthen conflicts, relationships, and plot. These pages look at things like theme, archetypes, and character roles to make the cast cohesive; foils, similarities, and personal lives to play off the protagonist and antagonist; types of side characters and which need the most development; and will walk writers through creating their own side characters.


I have worked professionally in the fiction-writing industry for over eight years. I hope to introduce teens and adults to professional approaches that will help them with their own creativity—something I wish I had much sooner!

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