You Need To Include These 6 Characters In Your Novel

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Every bestselling novel utilizes these six character types in their character development. Creating characters that readers love and connect with is the most important step to becoming a bestselling author.

In this article, I’ve done my best to explain each of these character types in an easy to digest way that will allow you to start creating characters your readers will love today!

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The Protagonist

The protagonist is your main character or MC. This is the character that your story follows, the character that defines what your novel is.

The thoughts and actions of the protagonist are what create the plot and drive the story forward. This is why the protagonist is the most important character type when you are working on character development.

The protagonist doesn’t have to be one of the good guys either. Your protagonist can be as evil and corrupt as you want, so long as he or she is the main focus of your story.

If your evil character is the one that owns your story, then he or she is your protagonist.

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The Sidekick

A lot of writers will say that their story follows two main characters. What this really means is that there is one main character and one really well written and likable sidekick that shares the spotlight.

The sidekick should be loyal to the protagonist even to a fault, meaning that the protagonist might drag the sidekick into situations that he or she otherwise wouldn’t have ever gotten into themselves.

The sidekick is also your chance as an author to give the protagonist some contrast and added flavor. The sidekick should be similar enough to the protagonist that it’s believable that they are close, but different enough so that the sidekick stands alone as his or her own unique character.

Readers will subconsciously compare the protagonist to the sidekick. The differences between them should showcase to readers why the story is about the protagonist instead of the sidekick.

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The Mentor

The mentor of your story is the character responsible for guiding, protecting, and/or teaching the protagonist. This character can be written in many different ways but there are a few characteristics that should always be the same.

The mentor is a morally good character that serves as a moral guide for the protagonist. When the protagonist finds themselves faced with a difficult choice, they should be able to rely on the mentor to help them make the right one.

But this doesn’t mean that the mentor has to be perfect. In fact, giving the mentor a dark or sketchy past will make it easier for readers and the protagonist to connect with him or her.

Just make sure that any less than reputable dealings involving the mentor are buried in the past. If one of those skeletons happen to escape from the closet, it’s your job to make sure that the mentor handles them with his or her new found moral compass as opposed to slipping back into their old ways.

The best example of this is Captain Montgomery from Castle. In his early days on the force, Montgomery got involved in some illegal activities that all take place before the time of the story. When those activities come back into play, he faces them in a completely different way than he did in his youth, proving to everyone how much he has changed.

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The Skeptic

The skeptic is the character that is, well, skeptical. This is the character that questions most of the protagonist’s thoughts and actions. The skeptic is ultimately on the protagonist’s side, but he or she would handle every situation the protagonist finds his or herself in a little differently.

The skeptic character is kind of like a system of checks and balances for the protagonist. The skeptic can offer diverse solutions to problems that the protagonist never would’ve considered otherwise.

The solution the protagonist chooses will give your readers a deeper look into the protagonist’s character development as your story progresses.

The best example of a skeptic character is Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. Throughout the series, Hermione is constantly chastising Harry’s thoughts and actions, boasting that she has a better plan.

The times when Harry chooses Hermione’s solution over his own, as well as the times when he doesn’t, tells readers a lot about Harry’s character development.

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The Love Interest

The love interest is obviously the character or characters that the protagonist eventually falls in love with. How much or little attention you give to this character will help to shape the genre of your story.

If you are writing a romance novel, then the love interest character might also be the sidekick character, but he or she doesn’t have to be.

You also don’t have to write any romance or sex scenes at all for the love interest to play a vital role in your character development. The idea of love or the emotional shift the protagonist feels when he or she is around the love interest character is enough to create the love connection for your readers.

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The Antagonist

The antagonist is the character that represents a direct opposition to everything the protagonist stands for. It’s the antagonist’s job to serve as the final obstacle that will define the protagonist’s character development.

The antagonist doesn’t always have to be evil or even a person, but there are some rules that you should always follow when writing a compelling antagonist.

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