on Helping Writers become Authors:
Raise your hand if you’ve ever written in a new supporting character just because, hey, somebody had to start that tavern brawl.
Creating delightfully colorful, unexpected, and sometimes just plain convenient minor characters is half the fun of writing.
That said, we might all want to now sit on those hands we raised.
However random our supporting cast may sometimes seem, writers mustn’t overlook the crucial correlation between supporting characters and theme.