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Expansion Pack: Secondary Stressors

Story Empire

Hi, Gang. Craig with you today. I want to try something a little different this time. I’m a work in progress just like everyone else. I’ve spent most of my career writing stand-alone novels and short stories. It was only recently that I dove into series work. I’ve made a few observations and maybe some of them will help our readers here.

I’ve written many times about secondary characters, but on a larger work you might find yourself needing some secondary stressors as well. Think of it this way. Star Wars was a pretty epic story. We’re all familiar with The Rebel Alliance vs The Galactic Empire. Wonderful stuff. However, we still had a few side stories to deal with and it helps fill the story out. Remember Han Solo had that whole Jabba the Hut issue to deal with, and it sucked his friends in too.

An antagonist is…

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