Meet and Greet Your Characters

Our high school senior class graduated on Sunday.  Eldest Son’s Girl Friend was among the cap and gown wearers.  After the ceremony, we attended her graduation party.

It was the first time I truly felt old.  As in meet-the-significant-other’s-parents old.  As in, this meeting could potentially impact Eldest and Girl Friend’s lives if they stayed together.  If we made a bad impression on Sunday (we might have) and these two walk the aisle in the future…well, we’ve all heard horror stories on what that looks like.

But the point isn’t whether they will tie the knot (good Lord, Eldest is only 16) or break up tomorrow.  The point is that meeting people can change the course of lives.

Yep, meeting people can change the course of lives.

As in, who your MC meets during the course of a  novel should impact your MC’s journey and the outcome of the story.  If it doesn’t, those characters have no business populating the pages.

Harsh, I know, but true.  There just isn’t enough time on paper to have superfluous meet and greets. 

How do your close encounters layer your stories?  Do the relationships your MC’s have change and grow–for better or worse–as the novel progresses?  Are you using them to your full advantage?

Curious minds want to know.

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2 responses to “Meet and Greet Your Characters

  1. Oh GOOD point, cat, and also?

    Introductions are SO HARD for me to write. I don’t know how some writers have eleventy million characters and manage to bring them all in to the story effortlessly, each introduction perfectly woven in to the action of the story.

    Introductions are AWKWARD. I am AWFUL at them in real life. So I guess it’s no surprise I struggle with them in stories as well.

    But also, great point about the way relationships should really impact the characters, and if they don’t . . . maybe they just don’t belong. *goes off to ponder*

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