Hey SE Readers. Joan with you today. This is the sixth and final in a series of posts about character types. The ideas come from my personal observations or public knowledge of well-known people. The other posts are The Attention Seeker, The “I Can Top That” Person, The Know it All, The Introvert, and The Extrovert.
It seems like a lot of families have at least one person that fits this category. My Aunt Betty was one. If a person asked for something, she was on her feet before you could blink an eye. Even saying aloud, “I think I’ll have a sandwich,” was enough to send her scurrying to the kitchen.
Helpers are selfless individuals who thrive on serving. Their needs are second to the needs of others. They are friendly and outgoing without being overbearing.
The helper is the one who prepares food when someone is sick. The one to mow another neighbor’s yard when needed or help with chores. They are the first one to volunteer for community service. They are dependable.
A helper can also be the family member everyone depends on to fix things. They’re a mediator in family disputes or the one that holds a family together.
Helpers are easy to write. I tend to think of them in terms of a minor character—Aunt Suzy, Uncle Jim, neighbor Joe. It’s hard to envision a helper as being anything other than a good person.
But here’s a twist. Consider making “the helper” your antagonist. The person you’d least likely suspect. If you do this, don’t go overboard with the niceties. You don’t want to make them so sugary sweet that readers would automatically suspect them.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series on character types. What are some ideas you have for a helper? Please share in the comments.