A writer friend and I were brainstorming the other night, trying to figure out the best way to handle the burgeoning conflict in my 2 book sequels. Here’s a word of advice writers. If you have a book, always keep in mind that you may have to create sane secondary characters who can carry the weight of a main character later on. Do this even if you have no plans for a sequel.
Because I’m in the process of writing and plotting books two and three and thanks to my brainstorm buddy, I now realize that 90% of the characters in my first book are batsh*t crazy. Now this wouldn’t be a problem if it were a comedic farce. Or even a dramady and/or a horror film. But this is supposed to be a contemporary romance, and I’ve got nothing but lunacy going on.
Their insane antics fit well in the first book, but now that they have to shoulder more responsibility—that is, take center stage, their madness is so over-the-top that I’m having a hard time taming them … believably.
Long story short, take measure of who and what you create. Consider the unlikely possibility that a character you never took seriously might have to carry a sequel. Think long and hard because you may end up like me with the lunatics running the asylum. As it stands, although the hero in my WIP has been locked away in a padded room for the last two years, he appears to be the sanest of the bunch.