Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New Character Ideas for Going Country

I've been a bit stalled on writing Going Country because my characters weren't being who I wanted them to be.  The main character, Aimee I wanted to be a bit of a punk city girl being forced to move to the country but as I started writing that wasn't how the character developed.  I've changed my mind about her based on the way the character was developing.  Instead of being a city girl coming to the country with a chip on her shoulder, Aimee is going to be a city girl who has always felt like an outcast.  Besides being gay, she didn't feel that she belonged in any group at her high school or with her family.  She's an artist and a dreamer and her parents are believers in being practical and don't encourage her to follow her artist dreams.

Her father was originally going to go freakishly religious but I totally couldn't make that happen.  He is just going to be a workaholic whose lost his job and lost his direction.  Aimee's mom was a homemaker in the tradition of her mother and a city girl who had never lived in the country but she has always gardened at the house in town.  Moving to the country is difficult for each family member for different reasons but it turns out to the be the best thing for all of them.

Earlene was kind of following the path I wanted her to from the start but a lot of the direction of the story was originally going towards the horses but I don't know enough about horses to take the story in that direction. At any rate, I'm going to restart the story with this new direction in mind and see where it goes.

I've also decided that I'm definitely going to self-publish Suddenly.  Partially because I really want to get it out there for the readers and partially because I'm curious to see how much I could really make with it self-published versus through a publisher.

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