You’ve been talking to him for weeks. She’s been talking to him. No one can get through to him. Yup, I’m talking about your secondary character.
Why the hell has he gone quiet?
With men it’s SO much harder to get them to listen. A girl you can coax with a cocktail, a piece of chocolate, or even a sweet sentiment.
Unless you’re going to shove a gorgeous girl their way with absolutely no work they’re not moving.
So how do you handle making your secondary character more than just a cardboard cutout?
You’ve worked your ass off on the main character. The reader knows she loves to dip goldfish crackers in peanut butter but they don’t have any idea what the love interest has for a color of eyes!
The easiest way to form the character is to stick with the basics. If they’re not talking chances are they don’t feel important enough. A way to make this happen is to ask them some fun questions along with some serious ones.
Color of eyes to what’s their favorite sports… each portion has meaning. The more you know about the character the more likely they’ll talk and help make not only your dialogue strong but the overall story stronger.
How do you keep your characters from being cardboard cutouts?