Redefining My Hero

I'd written Shelby's Dilemma in the first person POV, following strict guidelines and fastidiously avoided writing what other characters felt, or knew. Everything, and I mean everything had to come from the eyes, ears and heart of Shelby.

I felt success. Everyone who read my story loved the hero, Tank. So Shelby had revealed to us a hero we could root for. But not everybody liked Shelby. Why? I couldn't understand this. How could they not love her? Tank did.

They are said she was 'cute', 'snappy', 'feisty'. Most loved the snarky dialogue, but some people who read my manuscript didn't really like my heroine.

So... what to do?

Do you write long hand, or use only the computer?
It was time to add Tank's thoughts and feelings. I absolutely did not want to take away what I'd written for Shelby. It had to stay in first person, as this is how she speaks to me - put away the strait jackets, you know what I mean.

When I 'see' the story from Shelby's eyes, it's always first person. But to round out her characters, I've had to bring in Tank's thoughts and feelings. He is told in third person.

At first I thought, where am I going to put these extra scenes? But when it's meant to be, everything falls into place. As I went over my manuscript, I noticed areas where Tank's thoughts fell into place, almost as if I'd planned it that way from the start.

This is exciting, and fresh! I LOVE that Tank can tell his story. And there's so much more the reader will discover. They'll want to know what Tank hid from her. They'll root for her to forgive him and accept his love.

*waving fingers at my face*
I get all 'ferklumped' thinking about it.

So, tomorrow I meet with my writing group, The Pen Pals, and inform them of my epiphany.

See you in the writer's circle.