3 Tips To Keep Sidekick Characters From Taking Over Your Novel

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Photo by lakovicp

Sports News Conferences are so unpredictable. Sometimes I like to just watch the way different people answer questions.

Does that make me crazy? No… really… no. It makes me a writer.

It is that quirky, people watching characteristic that pops out at the weirdest times. Like the other day when watching a clip of an MBA News Conference.

Stephen Curry’s daughter is with him at an interview. Full of life and a twinkle of mischief, she steals the show. Absolutely adorable. Take a peak.

This clip reminded me so much of my sidekick characters in my novels. They are so vivid, but sometimes I have to be careful that they don’t take over the show. After all, my novel is about the hero/heroine predominantly.

3 Tips To Keep Sidekick Characters From Taking Over Your Novel:

1. Limit their microphone time. If your hero/heroine has less space between the quotes, there is a greater risk that sidekick characters will take over your novel. Watch the balance of talking time to keep them in line.

2. Cast them as opposite of sidekicks, yet loveable. If your sidekick character shares the same personality type with your hero/heroine, there is a chance that we will like your sidekick more. When this happens it is a slam to your hero/heroine without even intending it to happen. Cast them as opposite and we will love them both for their differences and the quirkiness of their relationship.

3. Limit their page space or confine them to the corner in scenes. Be careful to ensure that sidekick characters take significantly less page space than the hero/heroine. Also, if there is a scene where the hero/heroine is being heroic, don’t let the sidekick character steal the moment. Make those scenes be all about the hero/heroine saving the day or triumphing.

One of my all time favorite sidekicks is Dorie from Finding Nemo. Who are your all time favorite sidekick characters from movies or books?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “3 Tips To Keep Sidekick Characters From Taking Over Your Novel

  1. joaniebruce says:

    Thanks for the tips, Michelle. You are such an inspiration! 🙂

  2. I had this trouble with my romance. i think the editor really wanted him to be the hero for a while.

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