Thursday, March 08, 2007

Strengthening My Protagonist

Yet again the Jennifer Crusie in the He Wrote She Wrote Workshop, http://www.crusiemayer.com/workshop/, has hit the nail on the head for me - character development. At nearly 60k I know my characters very well. The story is moving along at a good pace but I am not sure if Madde's story is compelling enough. The antagonist, Serena, well being Serena she gets her space and her time. Madde being of quieter nature is too calm. Her change from beginning to end is not yet strong or compelling enough. No, I am not going to stop at this stage and rewrite. I need to get the bones of the story down and then work really hard on Madde's motivations. It is her story after all and if I'm not careful it will be Serena's.

I was going to talk about the discusision on writing sex scenes in the first person and otherwise over on Julie Cohen's blog, http://www.julie-cohen.com/blog and Phillipa Ashley's http://phillipa-ashley.com/blog/, but that will have to wait for another day!

6 comments:

A. Writer said...

Thanks for the link to Julie Cohen's post on sex scenes. One of my WIPs is in the first person and I'll have to tackle (excuse the pun!) first person sex scenes at some point in it.

liz fenwick said...

It's a great discussion and Julie handles sex scenes so well whether in first person or third :-)

JJ said...

Ooh, I shied away from that just on Wednesday. The first thing that came into my head was 'oh my god, my parents might read this'. So thanks for this, Liz, I'm on my way to study it.

liz fenwick said...

Glad to help JJ......its not just my parents I worry about is my boys 14 and 12!!! There image of their mother might change radically :-)

Peg said...

Thanks for the link to Crusie & Mayer's year-long tutorial. Wonderful stuff. Except now I am probably more confused than ever!
Peg

liz fenwick said...

Hi Peg. I have found the site fantastic. It has given me more that a few light bulb moments. Hope it didn't confuse you too much!