In my previous post I mentioned that I was somehow able to connect with my male narrator and have really gotten to understand his voice/feel confident in my portrayal of a teenage boy (a sentence I never thought I'd write!).
Well, as I was going through my lovely Critique Partner's notes, I realized that I do have my female MC's voice down, too - I just hadn't realized it until she pointed it out to me. My AHA! moment came when I read one of her notes on the way I'm writing my female MC.
I knew that I was having her project an appearance that was different from her inner monologue. That's always the way I wanted to approach her because of the things she'll have to do - but I never really thought a lot about it. Until that note. And then I knew I had something, because my CP really enjoyed what I was doing, which made me sit up and go "Whoa - someone else digs that, too! My choice was good! Yes!"
Before that note, I was afraid that my female MC was coming off as a generic-badass-who-has-no-feelings until-some-boy-comes-along-and-reminds-her-that-feelings-exist. I didn't want that to happen, but I was unsure about the whole thing...until that note.
I'm not really sure what the message is here. I guess this is a plug for getting an awesome CP who will tell you like it is, and make you realize things you never would have.
And this is my post proclaiming how excited I am to finally have had bonding moments with both of my MCs! It is a magical thing!
Oh, and my last take-away for the day is to have a little faith in yourself. Sometimes your choices can surprise you :)
Right. Time to get back to that whole writing thing (and reading my CP's novel! I will get it to you soon!).