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If You were a Character in a Novel, What Role would You Play? by Rachel McClellan

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Often times, I imagine there’s an author somewhere, sitting in a beautiful home library. Books surround him but he’s only interested in one story: the one he is writing. And he’s convinced it’s going to be the greatest story ever written.
The story is about me and it’s constantly changing.
Sometimes I’m the hero of the story, never wavering, long suffering, willing to sacrifice all that I have for the greater good. Other times I’m the sidekick, the best friend who is supportive and always gives good advice. But then there are dark days where I am the villain in the story, selfish, manipulative, cruel—often times to myself. I don’t like reading these pages.
You might wonder why I imagine an author writing my story. The point is it helps me to be a better person by reminding me of who I want to be. I want to be known as the hero in my story or even the sidekick when the occasion arises. And I hope that when my story is told, it will show that I developed as a character, and the plot didn’t control me—I controlled it.
At this point in your life, what role do you feel you are portraying?
During Fractured Soul’s blog tour, I will discuss these different character roles. They can be found here:
February 5th – “The Hero” on Writing, Reading and Life
February 19th  “The Sidekick” on The Paranormal Lounge
February 21st -  “The Villain” on Angela Brown’s Blog


  1. I would probably be that character mentioned only by name, never described, never thought of again after leaving the page. But then, I think of them. I always wonder what their story is while the hero is off catching her man or saving the world.

  1. Unknown said...:

    Very insightful, Dorothy! And so true. Everyone has their own story and each one is just as important as the other.

    Thanks for having me, Krystal!

  1. I think I am like you. One day, I would love to be the main character, a kick-ass, snarky and fun gal. The next day, absolutely the villain. Who wouldn't want to be able to play that role occasionally? Other times, I absolutely want to be the amazing, quirky, funny side-kick who always tags along. My ideal side-kick would be Tess from Joy Preble's Haunted, Dreaming Anastasia and Anastasia Forever! She is just plain awesome! Sassy! Funny! Unwaveringly Loyal!

  1. Chelsea B. said...:

    This was an interesting post. And you know, I don't think I've ever thought about it. At this point in time, right now, I don't think I would fit any of them. My plot hasn't fully developed, and I refuse to skip to the end. Hopefully I'll find out in about 300 pages or so. Thanks again for sharing such an insightful post!

  1. Unknown said...:

    What an interesting thought...I'm not sure what type of role I'd like to be portraying...but I'm probably the strange character appears randomly and does stuff for seemingly no reason