Thursday, February 10, 2011
Relationships, Characters, and Love Triangles ... Oh My!
It's not just the main character's choice in romance, but also the subtler points in life. Does the character's relationship with their parents play a roll in how they view the world? Dose their boss make them insistent to react to situations? Does a childhood bully haunt their nightmares? Do dead siblings keep them thirsty for revenge?
See how these relationships quickly become the driving forces for character motivation? Who your characters know and how they relate to them will mold your character and the story, just like in real life.
Authors have to take time to consider their characters relationships and decide which ones are vital to the story. An old friend from grade school, for example, may or may not be important.
Thankfully, character relationships are not one-hundred percent like real life. We authors have the ability throw a curve-ball here and there, and maybe have a tiny influence (aka begging) over our stubborn characters' decisions.
Hey, readers! Since February is the month for L-O-V-E, let's hear some more famous love triangles. What's your favorite? Mine is Elizabeth, Will, and Captain Jack Sparrow. ;-)