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  1. Lucky Matthew

    Lucky Matthew New Member

    Dec 29, 2009
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    Help with a supporting character in my novel

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by Lucky Matthew, Dec 29, 2009.

    I'm writing a suspense/horror story dealing with witchcraft and the supernatural. I have this mentally unstable supporting character (Cheryl Davis is what I named her) who has just recently checked out of a clinic and is newly rehabilitated. One night, the main character invites Cheryl and her family to the mansion, and they end up staying there overnight with her family. Throughout the evening, the mansion's energy causes Cheryl to gradually break down (with hallucinations and mysterious voices coming from the ceiling) until the point where she finally delves into complete insanity.

    How should I approach this? I'm not sure exactly how I'm going to handle the character. Should I have her suffer weird dreams or hallucinations before she and her family go to the mansion, as kind of like an early warning sign of whats to come? Any advice would be great.
  2. fantasy girl

    fantasy girl Contributing Member

    Apr 15, 2009
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    I think it all happening in one night would be a bit extreme. Maybe she could have dreams warning her not to go there... or maybe the family could stay a couple of days (like a long weekend type thing)

    It sounds like a good idea though.
  3. talieseen

    talieseen Member

    Sep 30, 2009
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    I think that you should have it be the reason she was in the clinic in the first place was due to all the dreams she had about the mansion before ever going to it. So the first sign you see that something is wrong is when she sees the mansion for the first time in reality and either freaks out some or has a partial flashback.

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