Sometimes you can tell when something's missing from your excellently written tale. Sometimes, that thing is a character. Some people try to change this by altering another character to fit the bill of the missing character, it doesn't really work out that well. If you need another character, make another character. It isn't like you're going to have pay to make another character. Writing is free, you aren't going to be charged for having awesome ideas. Come up with as many characters as you want, just don't bog down your reader with thirty-thousand different people to remember. That's confusing.
"Tell us when you intend to end this dilemma we're in,"
This is going to sound a little 'crazy', but imagine your characters are real people. Now, imagine you're missing one crucial character. Your characters are going to be missing a big portion of their lives because you haven't created this character. They're going to get annoyed with you, because they know you have the power to add a character… but you aren’t. If you keep a piece of their lives from them, they're going to resent you. And who wants their creations to resent them?
“We have an opening for a princess who's good enough, nice enough, sweet enough, smart enough, rich enough for our poor prince!"
Just because you're missing a character, doesn't mean you can just throw anyone in the spot. They have to fit the bill. You wouldn't put Spongebob into an episode of Modern Family just because you needed a character for the episode, would you? Of course you wouldn't. That wouldn't make any sense. Spongebob has nothing to do with Modern Family. You want your new character to make sense in your story. You don't want a Spongebob where you clearly need a Gloria (MF reference for those of you who don't watch it). Your readers will be able to tell when you just make up a character to put a character in, they probably won't like them either, but ya never know, if they're a really good, established character, they may like him/her.
So, anyway, that's all I have this week. Hope y'all enjoyed. See you next week!
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