read an excerpt from Donald Maas new writing technique book

Did you read and enjoy Donald Maas book Writing the Breakout Novel? I did. So I was inerested to see that the blog Type M for Murder has an excerpt from Maas’ new book, The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great. The excerpt discusses the importance of secondary characters. Head on over to read the excerpt.

If you write, do you find secondary characters easy to make interesting and memorable? Or hard? Do your secondary characters start to take the spotlight?

If you read, what books have stood out to you that have secondary characters that aren’t flat?

I just finished Tamora Pierce’s Bloodhound, and I think her secondary characters work well.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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2 Responses to read an excerpt from Donald Maas new writing technique book

  1. Jo says:

    As a writer I love my secondary characters almost as much as my primary characters. I would say it’s pretty even but then they’d be the heroes right? And unfortunately I have to pick just one or maybe two.

  2. Kelly says:

    Oh, gosh. Secondary characters? I’m still trying to make my main character memorable! 😉

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