Today we’re looking at another character called the Confidante!
What is a Confidante?
This is often referred to as the sidekick or the best friend, but the main idea behind this character is that they offer guidance, a sounding board when the main character is struggling, someone to lean on in their time of need. The main character, usually the protagonist, shares all their thoughts and feelings with this person (or loyal pet). A reader can learn a lot about the main character from one conversation between these two.
How Do You Build A Confidante?
Step 1 Identify the role.
Typically a confidante is the best friend, but what if your character is better suited in the story as someone else? Who does your main character turn to for guidance and friendship?
Ex. teacher, parent, sibling, colleague.
Step 2 Know the relationship history.
What is the history between the confidante and the main character? Is this a new relationship? Were there conflicts in the past? You don’t have to create a cookie cutter friendship. It can have complicated layers that bring up more struggles for the characters, giving more insight for the readers into who they are. How close are these characters and what are they willing to reveal to each other?
ex. The main character was once betrayed by them, and they are renewing their friendship.
Step 3 Understand the approach.
How does your confidante interact with your main character? Are they the sweet “yes man” type or do they prefer a tough love approach? This all depends on their relationship history. If they’ve known them for decades, they’ll have no problem calling it like it is, but if it’s new, they may be a bit nervous to speak the truth. What is the rapport?
Ex. Cora and Maude have been friends for 20 years and are never afraid to speak their minds.
Step 4 Create their unique personality.
Though their purpose is to help the main character and move the plot forward, they are their own person outside of the relationship with them. They have their own goals, dreams, and unique individualism. This can sometimes clash with what the main character wants and believes in. The confidante is an important character and they should be equally as dynamic as the protagonist, maybe a little less depending on the importance of their role in your story.
Ex. Honest, Kind, Loves animals, Creative, Charitable, Spontaneous
Step 5 Consider their character arc.
As mentioned above, part of their purpose is to serve the main character, but that’s not all they are. Decide what kind of arc they will have. Will they always be the trusty sidekick or will something come along that makes them question their role? How will they learn and grow and will it be alongside their best friend or be more divergent?
Ex. The confidante has always sought approval from their best friend, but they are growing more independent.
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