Every Character Has an Agenda

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I was asked by readers to talk more about side characters after my writing tips. First of all, thank you for joining me and for the feedback! I dedicate this entry to you!

So, now that we’ve talked a little bit about how to give our characters more depth, we’ll go over what I promised we’d talk about later.

Hilde Olrick.

Well, her and others. Or how to create side characters that, even if they have minimal impact on the plot, create lasting impressions on readers. Let’s begin!

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Love Freely

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“Josselyn, have you ever heard the phrase Tere L’etai?”
“…No,” she replied after a moment, letting soil seep through her fingers.
“It’s the creed of a Whisper. It translates in Alavei to Love Freely. I wish I could tell you more, but…I think I’m beginning to learn what it means.”
“What’s that?”
“No matter what happens, no matter how much you feel you’re hurt, love with all of your heart. Hold nothing back.”

It’s difficult, loving anything with all our heart. Especially when we’ve been pushed down, left behind, or told that we’re just not good enough. There is nothing that hurts more in this world than to have loved and lost.

However, picking ourselves up, brushing away the dust, and continuing down the paths of what we love most is what defines us; what shapes us as people.

Which is why I will never stop writing.

There are few things in this world that call to me more than the written word. No matter what odds are stacked against me, what abuse of the system there may be, I can’t let these stories–these characters–sleep in silence. So I will press on, tell the tales that need to be told, and heaven help the ones who stand in my way.

Won’t you join me?

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