It’s funny to me how characters can go from “favourite/main” to “liked/secondary” during the course of writing a book. When I first planned my book, The Death House, I had three main characters in mind with a series of secondary characters. Now, as I write, I have emerged with only two main characters while the third has naturally faded away from the spotlight and into the “secondary” category.
For me, my main characters are always my favourites. I love all of the characters in the book; however, I do have favourites. I also have favourite secondary characters as well, but they don’t quite rise to the same level as the main characters do.
I’ve mentioned before that I always add a little bit of me in every character, so there’s definitely a connection with each of them. I also pluck characteristics, quirks, behaviours, emotional responses, mannerisms and dynamics from the people in my life both close and distant. So I do love all of the characters. It’s not that those characterized as “secondary” are less meaningful just that they’re not my favourites.
In The Death House, I have seen one of my secondary characters, Curtis, whom I hadn’t connected to initially grow into my favourite in that category. He brings a sense of emotional maturity, gentleness and easy going approach to life to the book and the characters around him that really brings peace as I write his scenes. I have also seen one of my former “favourites/main” characters, Marco, slip into the secondary category and lose some of the edge that I used to love so much. With that said, he hasn’t become a bad character. He’s just grown in a different direction than I had initially imagined he would.
I love how the story is evolving for me as I write it and how I can feel so intensely and differently for each of the characters. I wasn’t sure what it meant when other writers would speak of this type of evolution until now. I’d not had the experience. Now that I have, I am grateful for the opportunity to relate as I, too, evolve.