Most of the time, your core group consists of relatively normal characters so that your readers can easily identify with them. Every cast, however, also includes supporting characters. The supporting cast includes the characters who usually aren't the main focus of the story line. A good example is the next door neighbor who pops in occasionally. Supporting characters offer lots of fun chances to create odd or unusual characters, the kind you may not see every day but who really spice up the action when they do appear.
Not all the supporting cast will be strange and exotic, however; the group may also include grandparents, neighbors, and other normal people who drop in from time to time to broaden your story line. When creating your core characters, base their supporting cast on characters who interact well with the main characters and help support key elements in the story line.
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