Weekend Writing: Limelight for the Minor Character

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This post is late this week, my sincerest apologies!

There are minor characters in almost every story. They act as pressure for the main character. A minor character may push the main character in the direction of a marriage or they may suggest to the main character that he should stop being such a jerk to the barista. There are many different things minor characters may do to shape the story of the main character. But what about the minor character’s story? What’s their lives like outside of the main character’s involvement? That’s this week’s prompt. Are you up to the challenge?

Challenge: Limelight for the Minor Character

Word count: 4,000 words or less
Genre: flash fiction, poem, short story, song, scene from film script or play, etc.
Due date: next Friday*
Prompt: Write about a minor character in a book, film, video game, photograph, short story, etc. that is fairly obscure. Don’t focus on the involvement of the main character to start your story. Give the minor character a life completely separate from the main character. What are they like? Are they actually as important as the main character? Are they more likable or detestable than the main character? What are their quirks? What are their desires? What are their flaws? Don’t mention the name of the minor character or their connection to the main character until the end of the story.

*Link your writing to A Vase of Wildflowers on your blog and make sure to place the link to your story in the comments of this post.

The last challenge: THE ANIMAL MESSENGER


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