-- E.B. White, Charlotte's Web
The “sidekick” has always been my favorite type of character to write. I find them the most interesting, the most unpredictable. Whether they’re used as comic relief or an oncoming plot twist, I find comrades of the protagonists to be the most fun. They help move the story along. They lighten the mood when things get too heavy. They say what most of us reading tend to think. And they are some of my best friends I’ve ever had.
The handful of people I hold closest to me tend to pop up in my writing more times than I care to admit. When writer’s block gets the best of me I’ll often think, “What would he say?” or “What would she do?”, and instantly a scene is born. A joke or quip will spring to mind. I’ll take a conversation from the day before and place it in the chapters ahead. They help create some of my favorite moments and they don’t even know they’re doing it.
My friends are one of a kind. They’re weird and caring and crazy. They say the funniest things and can frustrate me to no end. They make everything fun and interesting and sometimes they make truly terrible decisions. But I love them. And whether they mean to or not, my friends have always inspired me. They’ve given me some of my absolute favorite characters, and for that I’m thankful that they are in my life. And in my stories.
Keep your eyes peeled. I never know what page they’ll turn up on next.