Happy insecure writers support group wednesday! This post today can't help but have a sense of hopefulness, since we're starting a new year and all.
My insecurity for this month: That the main characters in my current WIP are too insecure.
I've given my two main characters (and love interests) a lot of problems. I wonder how readers will accept their issues. Will they be real and identifiable? Or will they be accused of whining?Are their problems great because they are problems that real people have? Or will they be perceived as "been there, done that"?
My take on it is that by being damaged, they are real. By being messed up, their triumphs will have more value. But I guess it will all come down to the balance I strike (whining is not allowed!) and the response of my critters.
In case you're curious:
Male character- abused as a child, grew up protecting his younger siblings but once they were grown turned to self abuse (drugs, having sex for drugs). Is currently lying in a coma after drug overdose- though you don't know that until late in the story.
Female character- gave up on her education for dreams of marriage and family. Divorced after a miscarriage threw her into depression and self-loathing. Dealing with depression and loss of self. Waits tables at a dive.
Also insecure that this might be too psychological to be romance...(fantasy romance).
On that happy note ;) happy IWSG. Good luck in all your endeavors in the new year!!!
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