So I wrote the first draft of The Scions in six days whilst on a writing retreat.
Upon completing that epic feat, I was elated, proud, and I have to admit, a bit smug.
So now I’m plowing through revisions, which usually is the most fun part of the project. Except this time I ran into a new problem, one I’ve heard of, but had never experienced. And it is this: I have the wrong main character.
I actually have two viewpoint characters in the first draft, henceforth called “the boy” and “the girl.”
The boy does all kinds of interesting thing. He fights, he breaks rules, he sneaks around, he suffers. You know, the usual.
Then I came to the first chapters featuring the girl. Now she also does some interesting things as well, but what I discovered is that she thinks more interesting thoughts! Her perspective on the world, her skill for noticing the subtleties of people’s moods, emotions and motives made her 100000000000000000000000000000% more interesting than the boy.
So there I was, lips pursed, scratching my head, wondering, how can I make the boy more interesting?
The answer slowly dawned on me, because unlike the girl, I’m not actually that perceptive.
The answer is obviously that the girl needs to be the main character. The problem is that, of course, she’s on
ly in 1/3 of the chapters. That they happen to me the most interesting chapters is good, but I must now rework a big ole junk of the book.
The good news is that the overarching, objective storyline, can stay. Most of the exciting things the boy did he’ll still get to do. We just won’t be in his head while he’s doing them. Instead, we’ll be in the girl’s head while she’s doing something else even more amazing. So, yay!