A worthy read for authors regardless of genre
On Writing Science Fiction is about writing science fiction only as a topic, not as a focus. Somewhere in the book is a money-line about the book teaching writing first, fiction writing second and writing science fiction last.
Quite true and accurate! This book is a gem for anyone who wants to write. Don’t worry about the genre aspect, it’s a great study.
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Nobody cares who the masked man is if he doesn't use his gun.
Are they noticed then forgotten?
Does a character not have a name but is noticed by primary or main characters? That’s a minor character. Minor characters show up once or twice in a story but interact with the primary and main characters to reveal something the author wants to reader to know.
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Do they get a name? Are they uniquely described or identified?
Does a character provide focus but not often? Do other characters in the story know them by name or by some unique attribute or description?
Any character that gets a name or is unique description/identification is at least secondary and perhaps primary.
Any named character becomes important due to human psychology; describe someone as “a waiter” and we’ve described their function, describe someone as “Bobbie the waiter” and we’ve given them an identity.
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