The Cameo Takeover

Hi Jim,

I’m trying to write a new story and have a few characters make cameos from the previous one. Basically my story is set in the same timeline and one or two characters make appearances in order to connect the stories. However I seem to run into issues with the cameo characters taking over the story. I’ve had to do a rewrite a few times. Can you help me?



Mi Micahaela,

If you’re having so much trouble limiting your old characters’ appearances… why not make the new story about them? If you love your characters so much that you can’t help but keep writing about them, there is no rule saying that you can’t just make the story about them with maybe your new characters simply joining the team.

The other thing you can do is give your character cameos one or two scenes and then cut them off completely. Don’t bring them back in and don’t mention them again, just make a clean break.

Without knowing more details about the characters, I’m afraid I can’t offer too much more in the way of guidance. Please feel free to email me when you get a chance.

Readers, what about you? Any other advice?


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Thanks friends!

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One thought on “The Cameo Takeover

  1. My favorite use of cameo appearance in a novel is when Libba Bray showed a character from her first trilogy series and put her in a second trilogy series. It was essentially a passing comment, a girl fighting a NYC train station attendant for a ticket with a noticeable British accent. It made her stand out bc she was obviously out of place, but instantly fans of Bray noticed her. This is foreshadowing (I think) to a more active cameo appearance later on, but I think she does it well. She foreshadows the introduction of the character but still makes the scene about these new characters and what THEY are noticing in this brand new place. Also, when you have an active cameo appearance, it helps to focus more on how the main characters, the new ones, react and actively push the story forward rather than giving your cameo the honors. Maybe instead of letting your cameo make the decisions, maybe they have to follow what your new characters decide?


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