Thursday, 25 June 2009

New Character

Just wanted to ask a question please; is it a good or bad idea to bring in a new character almost half way through the book? I'm creating a potential love triangle (or trying to!). Many thanks.

CJ xx

7 comments:

Sabrina said...

Hi CJ!

I don't know - is this love triangle an essential part of your story? Then perhaps you'd want to address that earlier on in the story. I mean, I don't think there's anything wrong with introducing a key character later on in the story, but if the character and the situation are that important to the story earlier might be better.

Annieye said...

I agree. If this character is important in terms of the whole point/outcome of the story then I think you should bring them in within at least the first 20 or so pages - perhaps in another role other than a love interest.

L-Plate Author said...

I agree with Annie, it's a great idea to introduce them earlier on and then have them develop into a love interest, either secretly (as in the reader will never know that they were an item at the beginning) or a relationship developing over time.

Or you could give a hint at it and work it in that way? A name mentioned in conversation perhaps so that the reader twigs later on?

Graeme K Talboys said...

I, too, would say the earlier the better, even if it is very minor appearances. They don't even have to be named to begin with, just occasional passing references to a person that provide snippets of information.

Lily Sheehan said...

I've been doing it but can't tell yet whether it's a good or bad thing. I decided to make one of my more minor characters a lead halfway through and its making it a lot easier for me

B said...

If this is first draft territory and they've only just shown their face, I'd work them in from where you're up to now and then consider when you've finished whether they need to be there earlier. If not - I'd say probably earlier, but - as ever - it depends on the book. Not helpful, i know....

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Great advice, thanks guys. The character will be an important part of the book but I've been struggling as to which point I bring her in, if you know what I mean. Sounds like earlier is the better option.

You've been really helpful, I won't forget you when I'm rich & famous!!!

Thanks again, CJ xx