Side character overshadowing main character? Hey everyone! I'm Chantal and I've just started my first novel. (Well, I started in May, but I'm in the early stages of writing). Unfortnately, I'm already running into issues with my characters! The first major problem: One of my side charcaters is actually overshadowing the lead main one! The lead main character is the one that discovers the problem, but the issue is that the side charcter already has prior knowledge, but none of the other characters know. I'm really confused as to why the side charcter is now 'acting' like a main one! I hadn't even planned on it, the idea popped into my head during the early stages of writing. Has anyone else ever had this issue? Any tips? Is there something wrong with the main character? She has a lot of development, it's just that the side character is acting more like a main one b/c of her past. Should the side character become a main one or should they both be main characters? I should also mention that there are 5 characters, 2 of which are the ,main ones though I really beileve only one should be. Any thoughts?