May 04, 2013

TATTLE TELLS : Doc Perigee: An Excerpt on ( Supporting Characters) and Development, "

     From SNITCH :     "The PROXY", Book II

      One of the major supporting characters in The Proxy is Doc Perigee, the father of Adria Perigee. In the previous blog excerpt, from April 2013, Doc Perigee is mentioned briefly. I deliberately avoided extensive details about him, because he is crucial to the story and somewhat of a mystery to be revealed in stages. He will generally be weaved into and out of the story, because of the impact he imparts on the main character(s) lives. He is also a back story with his own issues and interests. Developing each character to their full potential makes the overall story more powerful and fun for the reader as well as the author.
     Painting a picture of each character's life, style, and personality, helps the reader to see better what you are trying to convey and to identify with the supporting characters as well as the protagonist and antagonist. By showing the action in your story instead of telling or talking about it, in long drawn out prose, you take the reader along on the journey, instead of leaving them sitting on the couch.

An Excerpt from "The Proxy"  Doc Perigee, Chapter II:
      Doc Perigee walked away with a sour look on his face. He knew sooner rather than later, that everything he did, today, would turn corrupt. No matter how much he prayed or tried to deviate from the criminal norm.

      "Anything, I mean any impropriety, usually lands me in the paws or jaws of the lion," he admitted, out loud. He paused to weigh the implications of what he'd just said and rubbed his five o'clock stubble. "Why do I bother to  shave." He kicked the hard ground with his heavy, size ten, brogan, mountain boots. 
      With much chagrin, he planted his frozen paws inside the pockets of his corduroy jacket.  A natural flaw existed in him since his boyhood, and he had never been able to identify it by name.  He could never do anything wrong or 'under the covers', as his mom use to say, and get away clean. The first and last time she caught him trying, she warned him again, nicely. It was the next morning when he came down to breakfast - looking sheepish, sinful, and sorry;  hoping she wouldn't expose him  and his habits to his dad.
      'Rob Jr. you'll never get clean away without the curd rising to the surface like curdled milk does,' she said gingerly. She'd laughed about it and slapped the bread dough, instead of him. If I don't know, than God surely knows you won't."
     By the time he turned twelve, his legs were too long, and his mom couldn't slap him into the trunk, anymore. Doc Perigee, Jr. knew, ever since he turned nine, he possessed a personality quirk with consequences, and the idiosyncrasy could destroy his self confidence and determination, or he could ignore it and keep moving.

     Always storyboard, secondary characters, because they must be as powerful, potent, and challenging as the main character(s). Supporting characters can't fizzle out and drag the story along like some filler. Instead, use them as an interesting, extra ordinary, mind boggling, saving grace, in a weak scene. Of course we're not going to create weak stories, plots or scenes are we?
* Epic novels and their multitude of adjectives seem to be a thing of the past. Though setting is important, we don't want to inundate the reader with unnecessary words and descriptions just to lengthen the book - fillers. Supporting characters must posses a purpose for existing, in the chapter or manuscript scene, otherwise, they'll kill your over all, plot, and the reader will question your motives for using them, and possibly the whole piece .
      How many times have you heard that the story line and plot were strong or sound but the characters were so underveloped they couldn't pull it off? Believably, strong, characters substantially help us develop the plot and are the road maps of the main story as well as the back stories. There are always back stories.

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