May 21, 2014
I had an “Oh!” moment this evening.
As I stood filling a bathtub with water for some steers, a podcast about screenwriting in one ear, I suddenly got hit by a realisation – what the main character in my YA novel has as a primary motivation. She’s the centre of the story and in most of the scenes, but she was a bit passive, a bit nebulous, a bit perfect. And I’m several thousand words into this thing.
And then there it was. The thing that happens in the first two pages, the decision she makes right at the start, has *impact*. That impact appears a few chapters down, but it is still early in the story. Instead of it being something that gets shaken off, it needs to be a *huge* problem. And the rest of the book is her trying to redeem herself for that first decision that goes so wrong unexpectedly.