Whatever you call it, everyone needs one of those friends you can say anything to, and get an honest opinion from. Someone you can hang out with, someone who will support you even when you are being stupid, someone who will tell you when you are being ridiculous. I have a couple.
So why is it so hard for me to put those characters in my books? I am very bad at being focused on my main two characters, who are busy falling in love and moving toward that happily-ever-after. If there are other characters, they are ancillary at best, simply characters who appear because some plot twist needs to be advances. There might be a villain (there is always a villain in my stories) but that’s not what I’m talking about.
Why is it so hard to write in that best friend? In writing terms, that extra character can really provide some conflict and movement in a story. No one lives in a vacuum that includes only themselves. There is interaction everywhere. Why do we only see occasional entrances with very quick exits from these ancillary characters? I often have to remind myself to go back in and add some more people, and to build a “best friend” or at least a sister or family member that is going to show up regularly in the story. The lack of doing so is what I feel is one of my major flaws as a story-teller.
How do you handle the side-kick in your novels? Do you feel that character is important, and if so, what role do you see them playing? Do you have any tips for me to get these people in my stories regularly? It is definitely something I struggle with!