LogosStoreWinnerCAN (Christian Authors Network) president Bonnie Calhoun and treasurer Karen Whiting spoke at the Association of Logos Bookstores conference and held a drawing for a bundle of CAN-authored books. The Logos managers hold their conference in tandem with the International Christian Retail Show. Becky Gorczya, executive director for the association said, “Karen Whiting and Bonnie Calhoun joined us with their enthusiastic presentation on successfully using social networking. Many thanks to the CAN authors for providing over $800 in nonfiction and fiction titles for a drawing that capped off the event.”

Janet Roberts from the Logos Bookstore of Nassau Bahamas won the books. Janet said it was a big surprise. She is thankful for the generosity of CAN members. The store will celebrate their thirtieth anniversary this September and plans to use many of the books as giveaways during the festivities.

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Gail_5Welcome to the CAN blog and some information about writing fiction from Gail Gaymer Martin at www.gailgaymermartin.com

Most writers learn how to create believeable main characters who are usual the man or woman bringing the story to life through their perceptions, emotions and actions, but learning how to use secondary characters is a different process altogether.

Numerous characters appear in your novels for realism and to provide a piece of action necessary to move the story forward or to broaden characterization of a main character. These walk-on characters might be referred to as the waiter, clerk, cab driver, mail carrier, baby sitter, maid, doorman, neighbor, a crowd or mob.

They have limited time in the story and so when using them remember to:

  1. Be specific only when necessary. If the person reappears for a key purpose use brief descriptions only, describe a feature that defines the character or the role he will play.
  2. Use an eccentricity only if the character needs to be remembered, perhaps as a witness to a crime.
  3. Use a name only when it points to a character’s ethnicity or physical characteristic: curly, Baldy, Bambi, Blimp, Shiny, Chan, Vito, or Gomez which will help the reader picture him.

Walk-ons serve a purpose to bring reality to the novel. A restaurant needs a waiter. A store needs a clerk, A taxi needs a driver. But these characters can also add an element of suspense when they seem nervous or edgy or they can bring comic relief to the novel. Think of the movie When Harry Met Sally and the restaurant scene when woman said to the waiter, “I’ll have what she’s having.” This line accentuated the humor of the scene.

Secondary characters are different from walk-ons. They have a greater role in the novel, such as a relative, neighbor, or co-worker, and provide contrast, new information, or conflict to the story. They will appear in occasional scenes and add reality as well. Most people have a confidant that they discuss personal issues in their lives or coworkers who join them for lunch. These characters have names—Grandma, Ethel, Uncle Joe, Bill.  Some description and personality traits are provided to make these characters three-dimensional. Their traits often moves the story along—the wisdom provider, the commonsense giver, the time-user, the empathy shower, or the one who is the “life’s not perfect” reminder.

Secondary characters can:

Serve as a contrast to the main character.

Provide key information that helps move the story forward

Provide backstory moments

Assist the main character in brainstorming solutions to conflicts

Create conflicts or undermine characters progress

Serve as a red-herring in suspense or thriller

Provide a backdrop for the main character to express concerns or choices

Both walk-ons and secondary characters are important to a novel just as various people enter our lives to provide a service, cause change or create an outlet for ideas and solutions. Use them wisely. Don’t give a walk-on too much importance or you will confuse the reader and don’t neglect bringing the secondary character to life to the degree they are significant to the story.

I’d love to hear your ideas and additions to this list. Please leave a comment.

 

 

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ICRSwinnerCandyCAN
members attended the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) in St Louis in
late June. That's the place where the industry meets-publishers, editors,
authors, and especially retailers gather and interact!

CAN members
shared a power point presentation on successful author in-store events and held
a drawing for CAN authored books (gave away over $1600 in books to two
retailers at the show).This photo shows a retailer from Nigeria with CAN members. She was one of the winners.

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104Greetings from Golden Keyes Parsons writing today on how to select a topic when asked to speak to a group. I had been speaking professionally for several years before I became a published author. Believe me when I say that choosing a topic as a published author. . .
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Gail_5

Happy friday from Michigan where we're enjoy lovely weather and my flower garden is flourishing. Welcome to the CAN blog from Gail Gaymer Martin at www.gailgaymermartin.com  If you enjoy my website and blogs, you can subscribe in the right sidebar and if you'd like my monthly newsletter, you can subscribe in the right sidebar too.

Now down to business.

Authors don’t always realize their plot drags until they step back and take a fresh look. It’s always good to give your story a rest for a week or two, if you have time to spare, and then read with new eyes. The brilliant words can dull with time and that means authors need to dissect the plot, the language and techniques to bring the story to life and make it shine again . 

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