Today, let's consider your main character's friend. Everything about this character is a revelation about your protagonist. What kind of friend does he.she choose? What kind of relationship does he/she have with this friend? How does the friend feel about your protagonist? In what way does this friend act as a mirror for your protagonist? These are all ways to deepen your readers' understanding of your protagonist, and make him/her a more complex character.
1. What kind of person is your protagonist's friend? Repeat the questions used to reflect on the protagonist in relation to this friend (or those you think apply).
2. Why is your protagonist drawn to this person? What does that reveal about your protagonist? Why is this person drawn to your protagonist? What does that reveal about both your protagonist and this friend?
3. Does your protagonist trust this friend? Does he/she confide in his/her friend? When? When doesn't (s)he? Why/why not? Are these confidences reliable? Why/why not?
4. Are these confidences reliable? Why/why not?
5. How does the friend respond to these confidences? (doubts them, respects them, values them?) Is this friend open and honest with your protagonist?
6. How does or would the friend respond to the things that occur to your protagonist in the story? How do his/her responses reflect on your protagonist's responses? Do they make your protagonist look... (like a rebel? courageous? impetuous? wounded? overly or insufficiently emotional? highly intelligent? driven?)
7. Is this friend's opinion of the protagonist reliable? Why or why not? How will you show this?
Did you discover something new about your protagonist and his/her friend? How will today's exercise enrich your story? See you tomorrow!