I swallowed my pride and let my sister take a look at the first draft of my first novel. Out of the two novels that I’ve “finished” a first draft for, I really believe this is the weaker of the two. Although to be fair, I shoved it in the top drawer of my writing desk shortly after the first draft was printed (over a year ago) and haven’t looked at it since.
Anyway, the good news is that apparently it isn’t as bad as I remember – and she liked it! YAY! But, there is still a lot of work to do – most importantly, I have to work on my hero….
Yes, I made a big gamble and for my first book, I created a complicated hero. <sigh> And what is a “complicated hero?” Well….in this case, he’s a bit of a dick in the beginning of novel and let’s just say his reasons for hanging around with my lovely heroine are multifaceted.
UGH. Why didn’t I try to write my first novel with a nice and uncomplicated man as the hero? WHY?? Probably because I love characters that aren’t just pure good or pure evil and also because I thought it really worked with the story.
Anyway, first order of business for my re-read and edits? Tweaking the hero and adding a bit of backstory earlier – essentially sowing seeds fairly early on that show the reader that this guy is worthy of his hero position in my novel.
So, writers, bloggers, and readers – do you like your heroes/heroines with complications? Do you struggle with showing the softer side with a complicated character?