In addition to the 50 kinds of stock characters I began to talk about in the last blog post, I’ve also found 9 different types of audience population. A character or book will each become one of the 50 “building blocks” of a story. But audience interaction is another thing altogether. This isn’t about where the character is at. It’s about what kind of person is attracted to that character.
When I had 9 books, I found that analyzing website data showed consistent levels of interest in each book—some more, some less. This reminded me of the 9 different levels I was used to dealing with in Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes. When you are working with something that’s widely popular, you’ll see a lot of indication about audience involvement—you have to know where they are and what characters they attach to.
I’ll get back to a detailed list of the 50 stock characters some other time. But the 9 levels of audience involvement are simple.
I’ve found these 9 classifications to have real-world application and to be really useful.
And there will be more updates.
Singing, dreaming, telling stories . . . I live surrounded by cultivated fields that rapidly give way to wild flowers, wild plants, and wild life. I love to write more than I love to read, but nothing equals a book that draws me in to find its story. Most recently publication: A Year with the Harrisons, a contemporary comedy about three sisters and a family mystery. Next year's publication: Temmark Osteraith, a futuristic fairy-tale adventure.