Keeping your MC strong
Hmmmn. Now that can be a writer's ongoing dilemma. My book, Otherkind, has several jump out characters and, as I was writing it I must admit I was drawn in by the secondary characters, one in particular who'll end up with a couple of books of her own in the future. But yes, because of my soft spot for the secondary i did rather worry my female protagonist wasn't strong enough by comparison. So I took a few days away from the story to figure out why I was finding one of the protagonist's friends more exciting to write for than the protagonist herself. I finally came up with this: My affinity for the friend was stronger. So, I figured the only way to fix this was to spend more time with the heroine of my book, Romy, develop her more, get into her skin and find things about her I could relate to. Finally when I wrote her I became her and that's when I felt she came to life and could hold her own against the other characters. As the writers I think we're the ones that breathe life into every character and that life-breath is just a side of ourselves, ergo, we are every character. The stand out ones, I guess are the ones we enjoy being more of. So for me, the trick is to find ways to enjoy being the main characters and then write them. In this metaphysical world of writing i'm convinced we leave something in the work that completely translates to a reader as we want it to. The trick is to really invest yourself I guess - no character is too insignificant for our deific powers so long as we just get into their skin.