The concept of acceptance into a group is simply one that many people explore in story writing without knowing they are doing that. If we check great books we will see the same phenomenon in this books. The basis is to ensure group communication. Various characters, protagonist and antagonist alike, have to join a new group, and doing so, they need to be accepted into the group.
For example, in most of the books by Rick Riodan, he always makes the reader see how people craved for acceptance among their mates. Therefore, before they can accepted, there are some things you need to use in the creation of complex characters, groups, and plots that will make readers seat at the edge of their seats.
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The following are the things that will help portray that well:
1. A Crush: In every story, in order for your character to be accepted into a group, he would have someone that crushes over them. This person will always dote on your character. At some points, the character will feel obliged to do something to please this crush because at a point or the other the crush will fight for then or will be disgraced by them.
2. The Threatened: this person is one that feels that his or her position is being threatened. Most times, these people aren’t aware of the fact that they are burdened with this fear, but they would soon be seen acting irrationally, angrily, grumpily. This simply implies that the person had been threatened. No matter the genre, this would make the story have a more natural flow.
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3. The one that cares less: this person is so engrossed in their work that they don’t seem to notice your presence. This type is the one that the character would want real acceptance from. Unlike the others that cared about the characters, this one didn’t even flinch at the presence of this new person. He or she can later be aware of your main character and even either praise them or be their friend.
4. Courting The Best person: most times, to be accepted means going with the best persons; therefore, if one got into a bad relationship, the acceptance level would be reduce. In my story ‘Crawling in The Mud’, Grace had to pick between being a friend of the bully of the class or the spoilt brat of the class. This selection process can cause conflict among your characters, and that’s what we want. Stories are imaginations. Even fantasies are ridden with conflicts.
Have you ever used any of the above, tell us how you did?
Which of these intrigues you most?