Hello, darlings! ^_^
It’s the final part, folks! 😉 Thanks for hanging in there.
So, why should your character have secrets?
As the story goes on, the questions rack up. Why is so-and-so doing that? Are they telling the truth? Why did they lie? You slowly give out the answers, bit by bit. Things start to fall in place and make sense.
Essentially, secrets add an element of suspense, intrigue, and mystery to your novel.
Now, not all secrets are something people hide from other people. They can simply be the reason behind why a certain character acts the way they do.
But what secrets could you incorporate into your novel? Let’s take a look at some examples other writers have used. 🙂
The following may include spoilers!
1) The Hunger Games by Susan Collins
- Katniss is angry with her mother. Why? Because, when her father died, she shut her children out. This also explains why Katniss is so focused on being the provider. Why she is a fighter. It also explains why she’s so good with the bow and arrow and thinks strategically.
2) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Mysterious things happen around Mr. Rochester’s house. A man is found with severe wounds on his body in the middle of the night. A fire starts in Mr. Rochester’s room. Why? Because he had been married previously. This poses several problems to the plot line of the story.
3) Dracula by Brahm Stoker
I only started this, but never finished it.
- A man goes to stay at Count Dracula’s house. The Count is a strange man and there is no reflection when he looks in the mirror. Why? Because he’s a vampire.
4) The Secret of Moonacre (film based on The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge)
- Maria Merryweather’s father held a secret. A secret Maria didn’t discover until he died and she was sent to live with her uncle, who appears to be a pretty strange man. Her father was broke, but left her a book that contained the secret to saving Moonacre. It keeps the viewers wondering what the secret was and how would Maria save the place.
I hope those examples help to illustrate somewhat the idea I’m trying to convey…
If not, or if you’d like to do some more reading on this topic, click here. 🙂
Now, I’ll be gone for the next two weeks (possibly with no internet access *shrieks are heard in the background, lightening cracks behind an abandoned castle on a dark night, and a lone wolf howls in the distance*). You’ll be in my prayers and I hope I’m in yours. This may be quite difficult for me as I’ve never been away from home that long without family.