Minor Gift: A Free Chapter

Barbara Gregorich

New Year’s Day is a good time to start the year off right by sharing with others, and so I’m sharing a chapter from my book, Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel: Lots of Examples, Plus Dead Bodies. In 2014 I shared both Chapter 9, “Summary, Scene, and Conflict” and Chapter 10, “Subplots,” and now I’m sharing Chapter 5, “Minor Characters.” (At this rate you can read the entire book for free . . . over the next twenty years.)

5 Minor Characters

Novels contain minor characters as well as major ones, and while it’s not necessary for a writer to know as much about the minor characters as about the major ones, it’s still necessary to know something about them. Mainly, it’s necessary to know their function in the plot.

To Name or Not to Name
There are two levels of minor characters. The first kind play a role…

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