Isn’t it always the way – when I finally feel that I want to get back to writing A Thief & A Gentlewoman, I’m so busy that I don’t have time (or headspace) to! It’s going to be pretty hectic here for the next few days as The Boy is moving out of his place over the weekend, so we’ve got leaving drinks with our friends and packing and moving boxes to do. But I really want to write!
Hopefully I’ll still have that drive when Monday comes… I think reading it all though from start to finish will get me in the mood, as it were.
In the meantime, here’s a very important and interesting article about your main character: Rachelle Gardner – Is Your MC Proactive or Reactive?
The first chapter of T&Gw has changed a great deal so far and when it came to editing for my Masters handin, I realised that my main character, Quin, spent the whole of the first scene just watching and thinking – she was horribly passive. A pass main character is not appealing. Neither is one who just reacts to everything around them, wafting about with the storm. Even if the main events of the novel/script/etc are beyond the main character’s control, there will still be things in their life that they are trying to achieve, whether it’s finding a better job or getting a date with that hot guy at the bar. And, of course, those goals might initially seem unrelated to the main plot, but the best subplots end up interweaving with those central events.
But stop reading my rambling and go read Rachelle’s article!