Posted by: victanguera | December 16, 2010

Writing Prompt #283

In one story I wrote, my main character had only one real friend. In revisions, that storyline didn’t seem to work, and I deleted the character. Leaving my main character friendless. Oops. One of the main flaws in that work is her lack of connection.

So for today’s prompt, think about the friends your main character has/might have. What kind of friends are they? Would they come to the rescue if your mc was in trouble? Would they expect your character to rescue them? Are they the brains of the group? The shy one tagging along? What if you had a bit of a needy person as your main character’s friend. Think about what could happen if your character has a crisis of their own, and their friend expects help at that time. What would happen?

Hum, maybe I should give the character in that one story a neurotic friend.



  1. Heh. I realized just this morning, while plotting stuff out for nano redraft, that all of the MCs had no siblings, which was rather odd. Currently revising that, giving one MC a half-sibling (parents divorced) etc. Good fun, and should complicate things.

    • Hey, and you’ll have parents, too–also a good thing. I’ve noticed that often in YA, kids don’t have parents, or at least only have one parent. That doesn’t seem to happen so much in adult fiction. Maybe it’s hard to go off and save the world when your parents are there telling your it’s time to go to bed.

      • Yeah. The inherent problem of the genre is — why don’t the parents solve the problem? So the parents have to either be absent or incompetent by and large. Hence the large amount of orphans 🙂

        I’m having them be competent (one character’s father is eventually going to lead the resistance against the aliens) but the MCs have been given their weird psychic tricks by another species so are better equipped to fight the aliens.

        Which leads into what wars do the people, sacrifices made in them and the usual grasping with adulthood that ends up in most older YA tales but there’s a definitely undertone of realizing your parents aren’t what you thought and, really, neither are you.

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