One of the questions I need to ask myself during the rewrite is; have I written the scene with the correct viewpoint character? As I’ve mentioned, I have a few of them. Tina Morgan points out that the viewpoint character has to be actively involved in major scenes and “have a personal stake in the outcome of the story”.
As I have a few viewpoint characters knocking around the place, I’m going to adapt these guidelines, and say that the viewpoint character of a specific scene should be the one who:
- Is most involved in the action
- Has to face the consequences of whatever happens in that scene
There’s a lot of internal conflict going on with one of the main characters, he’s constantly second guessing himself and his actions, while the other main character is fully secure in who she and what her goals are.
Book one has two main characters, both can be seen as protagonists, but one experiences more development than the other (she undergoes more change in book two).
The antagonist, while around, is more experienced by the reader than the heroes. We see him dealing with his own conflicts, both internal and external, and watch as he makes the decisions that throw the main characters into new situations. He has to deal with a superior who is trying to rein him in.
The final viewpoint character is a bit of a mystery. He’s introduced halfway through the book and no one quite knows what to make of him.
We also meet the main characters mentors, the antagonist’s subordinates, and pick up a couple of sidekicks along the way. Most of them have histories almost as well developed as the viewpoint characters, and some of their histories are explored in later books, but they’re not discussed in detail during book one as their stories aren’t important to the plot.
One thing I’ve decided to do is cut back on the naming of random characters. You know the ones I mean. The people that deliver a message and then vanish, never to be mentioned or seen again. It’s just extra information that doesn’t need to be there.
The rewrite is going well, although I do want to slap my male lead. He’s annoyingly flaky, but then I wrote him that way for a reason. I only have myself to blame.