Thinking about the characters in the current book I’m writing, and with some recent events, I’ve found myself thinking deeper. I think a good story must have good characters, and sometimes, those characters, like us in life, need good support. The other characters in the story can help the main character come to life as they are forced to work through their issues.
One of my favorite types of supporting characters is there to help the protagonist succeed.
They have been through it before, maybe, or they are wise because of their experiences. But near the end of the protagonist’s journey, the protagonist must act on their own. They must face their possible ruin many times without that wise person.
At that point, they may not be quite ready, but they’re out of options. With just the memory and thoughts of how that wise supporting character would have handled it, they must act, or lose whatever they are after. The important thing in a book is that the challenges never end. In life, we sometimes get breaks between the different challenges.
This is one of the things I love about writing. I get to think about my life and how people act. I get to think about what I need to do well. Even if my books never quite reach the level of success I’m working toward, I think I’m better for having worked on them.
Check out some of my books.
Malignance, my third book in my time travel series that began with Resonance and Dissonance, is on Amazon as a kindle and a paperback. That was a fun series to write, and for now, it is completed. I have also placed all three books from that series into one volume titled The Machina of Time.
My fantasy, A Map, a Mage, and a Sacrifice, was a fun book to write. It is set in a world with limited technology, but where sacrifice is a necessary element to magical power. The greater the pain and suffering, the greater the magical power generated. The few mages in power use voluntary sacrifice of the citizens to generate power they use to protect and defend the empire. But their rule may be coming to a close.
If you’re looking for a science fiction story, try my book The Promise of Dust, which takes place in a cloud city floating in the atmosphere of Venus. Or Progenitor’s Legacy: Deceit, which takes place many years in the future on a tidally locked world that orbits a red dwarf and has been reached by humanity in their search for the alien progenitors who seeded the galaxy with nano machines.
If a young adult science fiction is more to your liking, check out my series This New Earth, that starts with Demons of a Dead World and Secrets of a Dead World.
If you are looking for a young adult fantasy, check out my book The Threads Unbound.