Contemplating My Heroine

by Shelt Garner

Now that I finished “Part 1” of the novel, which I added because I felt I needed to establish character and world building more, I am going to turn around and read it all so I can edit it. This is probably going to lead to me rewriting a few scenes entirely.

In my mind, my heroine looks sort of like a younger Olivia Munn.

As such, there are some new elements to my heroine that I have come up with that I will be adding. One such element is risky for a number of reasons, but I feel compelled to at least put it in. If, when I show this third draft to a professional manuscript editor, they suggest I remove it, I will.

I just feel this addition to my heroine adds to complexity to her personality that people might find appealing. But, like I said, there are some problems. I can totally see how it might come across as gratuitous. And I can totally see how it might seem a bit like I’m trying to hard to have my heroine be like Lisbeth Salander.

That last potential problem really rattles around in my mind some because that is something I definitely don’t want people to think. And, yet, this particular thing is such an interesting addition to my heroine’s past that I can’t help myself. I want to write it into the novel and see what happens.

I am being vague because I’m embarrassed that this particular addition to my heroine’s life might seen a little too much like Lisbeth Salander. But I *think* I’m overthinking things. My heroine is so different than Salander in every other way that it’s one of those form follows function type situations.

The whole thing is risky. But, there are a number of other elements to the novel that could be seen as pretty risky, so lulz, here I am.

Author: Shelton Bumgarner

I am the Editor & Publisher of The Trumplandia Report

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