Tuesday, September 18, 2007

What A Difference A Day Makes

I thought about my protagonist a lot yesterday and last night.  Couldn’t fall asleep. Sounds good, but it wasn’t because I’m very tired today.

But aside from that I can’t stop myself from wondering why anyone would stay with this…keep reading about this character.  Wondering if I can sustain this voice.  Sustain interest.

So it didn’t go as well today.


pattinase (abbott) said...

In the past, did you expect a protagonist to be clearly defined and compelling this quickly or is this the result of the countless talk about the need to write a riveting first chapter? It's terrifying to think a publisher won't read beyond the first chapter unless it knocks her off her feet. There's actually some website where a writer will critique your first chapter. When did we lose the desire or ability to ease our way into a story.

Sandra Scoppettone said...

I'm not worried about how she is now, but rather if a reader will stay with her after say 50 pages. She's peculiar, but will she be interesting? Why will a reader care what's going to happen to her? I wouldn't want her to be clearly defined now. If I did that then there wouldn't be any point in going on.

I don't know anything about countless talk re first chapter other than what I've always known.

It's the reader who has lost the desire to ease into a story. No time. Too much else to do, see, watch, hear, blog.