After my initial edits had finished, I started working with my friend Andrea. She is the type of person that if a book satisfies her then it deserves some sort of recognition. I also trusted that she would be honest...brutally so. I consider her editing it, putting the book through a sort of Literary Gauntlet.
Over the last several weeks, her and I have been getting together for several hours at a time. She would give me the lesser grammatical feedback as well as feedback on the story and characters.
The info she has given me has been extremely helpful and I feel Mistaken is coming into its final form. I feel like it is becoming the story it needs to be.
However there was a somewhat large issue staring me in the face. Her name is Dillan.
While Dillan has gone through a lot both before Mistaken took place and during, I had worried that she wasn't very likeable at times. Generally if you feel that way, so might your reader. Her excuse was, she is grieving. But while that is a valid point, that is all you see of her. The last couple weeks I have been working on Dillan's character. Adding in more to the revisions about her life outside of this tragedy she is going through.
Character is such a crucial part of a story, sometimes even more so than the plot. If you don't care about the characters, why do you care what happens? It's kind of that, which comes first, the chicken or the egg?
It hasn't necessarily been easy to dig further into what makes Dillan tick, but I think in the end it will make Mistaken a well-rounded book that most will enjoy.
What is your opinion? Is it okay for a main character to be a bitch if she has had a lot happen to her? Is all or only some of her bitchiness justifiable?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!