Recently, I have been internally bouncing ideas around for my first attempt at writing a novel. I have also been reading a great deal of fiction both inside and outside of classes.
I think that it is obvious to say that a great story begins with a great main character. However, this character does not necessarily have to be likeable either. He/she just has to be interesting.
One thing I realized the other day was that not only does a great story need a great central character, but a great story also needs great supporting characters. Every character must contribute something interesting and unique to the story in their own ways.
This applies to life, and to living a great story. To take a page out of Donald Miller’s book, to live a great life, you need to live a great story. You are obviously the central character to your own story.
And a great central character needs great supporting characters.
So, surround yourself with great supporting characters; with great people who are living their own great stories, and your story will become even better.