You have questions. Ask away.

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This blog has long been a friendly place to come and learn, and what better way to learn than to ask?

You have questions. Writer stuff, marketing, motivation, you name it.


Your questions. Your challenges. Your issues.

If I don’t know, we’ll put it out to my vast network of author friends and get an answer. Or I’ll make something up.


Many people helped me when I was starting out because I was willing to ask what I needed to know.

That shortened my learning curve substantially.

– Dan Alatorre

So go ahead. Ask me anything.

12 thoughts on “You have questions. Ask away.

  1. I suspect there is no definitive answer but I would be interested in your opinions Dan
    Those occasions when the writer suddenly finds they getting more out of an original minor character.
    Time to re-wind and start the story again making them the central character?
    Edit out some of their parts to put them back in their place?
    Or forge ahead moving them to centre stage and going with the flow?
    (I’m guessing the latter is easier when the story involves action, warfare etc, as folk do die)

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    • There’s a saying that every minor character should think the story is about them. I agree.

      Minor characters aren’t supposed to just show up and speak their lines and disappear. They are supposed to interact and be the spice in the soup. They make the scene more than it was without them, not less.

      As a result, we are often tempted to let them take a bigger role and there’s nothing wrong with that because a story has an arc just like a character does. Your main character should share the spotlight where appropriate.

      Where writers run into trouble is when they’re have so much fun with a minor character that you let them overwhelm the story. It’s very rare that a minor character can actually carry an entire story by themselves which is why they are minor characters to begin with. Where it has been tried, it usually fails. Happy days had Fonzi. Taxi had Louie. Peanuts had Snoopy. Rarely are the fun quirks of a minor character strong enough when they are by themselves at centerstage for the entire story, good enough to pull it off. Usually they are fun because they are different from the main character. When they become the main character, then they’re not different from the main character anymore and are usually not delivering a satisfying story as a result.

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  2. I searched for advice all over on this, but I found very little on this topic. One article said one thing, and two others said the opposite. I’m writing my novel in deep POV. Sometimes my MC asks himself questions in his thoughts, such as “Why did I do that?” or “How angry can I make her? Time to find out.” These thoughts seem very normal for my MC, and rewording them either makes them sound awkward for my character or it takes me out of deep POV. Is this a big no-no, or is it okay?

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