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.
I've always been a writer. Author of 9 published books. Most recently published A Year with the Harrisons, a variation on Little Women. Next year will be publishing The Prince's Ball, a futuristic fairy-tale adventure.