1. indy5live

    indy5live Active Member

    May 15, 2012
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    Who would be my main character?

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by indy5live, Jun 4, 2012.

    Might seem like a weird post but I'm trying to decide on a main character after the fact I've written almost all the dialog in my novel...But I figured I'd ask the community anways: Who would you guess is the Main Character just based off character's involvement with each other in these Chapter? (Names Changed)

    Chapter 1: Greg/Mike about Chris
    Chapter 2: Chris/Justine
    Chapter 3: Greg/Mike about Chris and Justine
    Chapter 4: Chris's Monolog
    Chapter 5: Russell/Mike
    Chapter 6: Bob/Chelsea/Chris
    Chapter 7: Russell/Mike
    Chapter 8: Greg/Mike
    Chapter 9: Ashley/Russell/Mike
    Chapter 10: Chelsea/Justine about Chris
    Chapter 11: Greg/Mike
    Chapter 12: Chris's Monolog
    Chapter 13: Ashley/Russell/Mike
    Chapter 14: Greg/Chelsea
    Chapter 15: Russell/Mike
    Chapter 16: Justine/Bob about Chris
    Chapter 17: Greg/Mike
    Chapter 18: Mike/Russell
    Chapter 19: Hybrid Chapter (Russell/Ashley & Justine/Bob, Greg's thoughts)
    Chapter 20: Hybrid Chapter (Mike/Lauren, Justine/Bob)
    Chapter 21: Hybrid Chapter (Justine/Bob, Chris's Monolog, Mike/Lauren)
    Chapter 22: Bob/Russell
    Chapter 23: Chris's Monolog
    Chapter 24: Mike/Greg (Greg Dies)
    Chapter 25: Hybrid Chapter (Ashley/Mike, Russell/Chelsea)
    Chapter 26: Russell discovers Greg's body
    Chapter 27: Ashley/Mike
    Chapter 28: Mike/Russell, Ashley nearby
    Chapter 29: Ashley
    Chapter 30: Chelsea/Justine/Bob about Chris
    Epilogue: Chris's Monolog

    Major Character's Role
    Chris - son of Justine and Bob in hospital, very sick (Story revolves around him but he isn't involved in the action)
    Justine - Chris's mom
    Bob - Chris's dad
    Chelsea - Chris's doctor
    Russell - cop investigating crime
    Ashley - news reporter
    Mike - killer
    Greg - works at Chris's hospital for Chelsea

    Main problem I'm having is the fact that the story revolves around Chris but he isn't directly involved with the action of the story. Take a senario like National Treasure for example, but instead of Nicholas Cage going after a treasure based off of historical documents, Nicholas Cage goes treasure hunting based off a young boy's story. Can a main character be someone that lies in a bed the entire story while everyone else interacts with one another? (His monolog's were my sad attempt at keeping him plugged into the story, although, originally, he never made an actual appearance after Chapter 6, only referrenced too)

    I suppose the Nicholas Cage equivalent would be Greg who first overhears the treasure story and tells Mike...but Mike kills Greg around the climax of the story...so that would mean killing off my main character if I chose to make it Greg.
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Only you can decide this, and it's not based on something as trivial as who interacts with whom and when.

    Questions to ask yourself:
    Who is most transformed by the events of the novel?
    Who drives/implements the changes most consistently throughout the novel?

    Typically, you decide your main character before you write the novel. Chances are, if you didn't do this, your novel will be a muddle and lack direction.

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