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Are there any rules as to when to introduce a secondary main character to a story?

Are there any rules as to when to introduce a secondary main character to a story? Topic: How to write a romance novel characters
July 19, 2019 / By Caron
Question: After you introduce your protagonist, is there ever a wrong time to bring in a secondary main character a chapter or two later? If so, how many chapters should I wait? Just want to be sure before I map out any more ideas. Also, I checked Google, but all it gave me was tips on how to introduce your character. @Tms: Makes sense. Thank you. However, what if the characters do not know each other, yet? **To Add to ^: I can understand introducing your secondary characters when they know each other, but my characters don't know each other yet. They sort of stumble upon each other. @Callie - Thank you =)
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Angeline Angeline | 1 day ago
Nope. no rules. You can even introduce them both in the same chapter. In fact, in romance novels, it's fairly common to bring in both MCs in the first chapter. In fact, introducing them earlier might be better than later. It would be a bit odd to have a secondary main character not show up until the last few chapters. If they don't know each other, you can potentially have them meet each other. Or, if you aren't writing in 1st person, you can even do a scene break or a chapter break and bring in the second character in their own scene, separate from the first character. It can help to introduce the characters who something interesting or exciting is happening to them. Readers remember characters better if you bring them in that way.
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Angeline Originally Answered: Good tips for developing the main character and secondary character in a story expressing main points please?
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Angeline Originally Answered: Good tips for developing the main character and secondary character in a story expressing main points please?
I think if you went to Book & Authors or Education & Reference you could get a more informed answer.

Willard Willard
I'd do it in the second or third chapter. THat's what I did in my book and they didn't know each other either.
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