I’ve recently discovered just how useful sidekicks are. Sure, they’re good for comic relief and getting your protag out of trouble, but I’ve also realised (maybe “realised” isn’t the right word. It’s become very obvious to me that) sidekicks are good for:
Having a sidekick present really helps with the story, because it gives the characters something to do. I find that there is more interaction between characters with a sidekick present.
For example, I’ve only recently introduced my sidekick. So before that, and particularly in the first action scene, everything was very do orientated. My character did this. My character did that. He did this. He did that. It was really difficult to come up with exciting things to do.
But since I’ve introduced my protagonist’s sidekick, things have started getting easier to write! There’s interaction! My protagonist has someone to talk to! We get to learn more about him!
What about you? Does your protagonist have a sidekick? If you’ve ever written a story without a sidekick, did you find it harder to write? I’m interested in your thoughts. Let me know in the comments!