Writing Challenge: Frenemies

by Deirdre McCluskey

This week we’ve been talking about secondary characters. One of my favourite character types is the “frenemy”. Sometimes the frenemy is just an enemy that the main character must tolerate politely. But the frenemy role I enjoy is the irritating friend who creates friction in practically every scene.

The friction might be caused by a fundamental difference in values, or by a rivalry.  Or maybe the frenemy highlights the one quality in the protagonist that she dislikes most about herself.

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Your challenge this week? Write a short (5 paragraph max) scene that shows your hero or heroine interacting with a frenemy. What does the relationship illustrate about the main character’s emotions or the romantic conflict? Can you make your frenemy annoying but somewhat likeable at the same time? (Maybe the frenemy could have his or her own book one day!)

Post your short scene in the comments below any time between now and Sunday, September 16, 2018, and we’ll check back with you on Monday!