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Write the story from the sidekick’s perspective, too – Things I learned while writing Dead Ringer

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During one particular rewrite of Dead Ringer, I felt like I’d tied myself up in knots. My protagonist was breaking up with her boyfriend, but he seemed to be taking it too well. I couldn’t figure out what he was thinking or feeling during the scene.

So I decided to write the entire novel from The Boyfriend’s perspective.

Well, in note form, anyway. I wrote down every major scene of the novel and scribbled down a few words about what he was thinking at that point in time.

It was a simple exercise, but it solved all my problems.

We never get to hear his thoughts in the novel, since he’s not a POV character, but suddenly I knew how he would act and what he would say in certain situations.

I unknotted my problematic scene, and I think the novel got better overall.

I now do this type of exercise (reimagining the novel as if the sidekick or love interest were the main character) with all my non-POV characters.

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Nicola Martin is the author of Dead Ringer, a psychological thiller about meeting your doppelganger (and the disastrous consequences that follow).

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