Do you have a Jerry in your novel?
One day when I was at the Emergency Room for a migraine a gentleman was in the waiting room. Jerry was an ornery sort. He wanted what he wanted and he wanted it now.
Jerry didn’t want to wait and he let the hospital staff know, so many times that everyone in the waiting room knew his name.
No, you don’t have to have a cantankerous character in your novel, but you need a Jerry type in your story for sure. By Jerry type, I mean a unique character that adds flavor to your novel.
How do you know if you have the One Character Every Novel Needs? Think through your cast and look for that town character that stands out.
Examples of One Character Every Novel Needs:
The Town Crazy– there are those characters that just have lost a few marbles. We can make them sweet or scary, but they add rich flavor to our stories.
The Eccentric Character– the free spirit, the big foot chaser, a ufo spotter and others with unique views on the world that often don’t correlate with everyone else’s.
The Larger Than Life Character – A character that’s words and actions impact the whole town. The founding fathers, the elderly woman who sews quilts for everyone, the cook who makes everyone feel at home. The town wouldn’t be the town without this character.
The Town Pest or Pet- A wild life character that everyone knows and talks about. Even an animal that gets in everyone’s trash can can be fun to add.
The Town Sweetheart- This can be a child, an elderly person, a special needs individual, or someone who is so kind that others are blessed by them in unique ways. This character often speaks the ”aww moments” in the book.
Do you have an example of the One Character Every Book Needs from your novel or some other book or movie?