Sunday, 28 September 2008

Decisions decisions

I usually get a couple of hours to myself on Sunday mornings to do whatever I like with them. Yay. The plan for this morning is to go over the sample chapters of BTL that I sent to the agent recently and work out how to make G (as I will enigmatically call my secondary character) more interesting. Or at least that was the plan. However when I was walking the dog I remembered, as I think that I have pointed out before that I love G. I don't want to change anything about him. He is exactly what I wanted to create. So now I don't know what to do. Part of me is saying that I have to write what the public wants but how do I know that the public won't like G the way he is now and all I have to do is find an agent who feels the same way I do. I should also point out that having re read her reply what the agent actually said was that his type of charater had been done before. But haven't they all??
Oh I don't know.
maybe I'll make a cup of tea and read a book instead.


The W.O.W. factor said...

I'm still facinated! How you don't give up or give in! I admire you! That's my question, how does an agent know if the public won't like a character? And repeat ones, you are right...many of the same characters have been in stories with only a different name.
Guess that's why YOU are the writer and I'm just a reader...and a facinated fan!

Gonna be a writer said...

I don't know how agents make the decisions they do. All I know is that G is the character that I wanted him to be. Also he is an integral part of the story and cannot be illiminated. I won't give up on him or the story but I will be working on other stuff too. Glad you stopped by.

Pat Posner said...

How about 'upping the ante' slightly on one of G's characteristics? Not changing him, just adding a bit to what's already there without making him overshadow the main character?

Gonna be a writer said...

Mmmm now there's a thought. Thanks Pat.

Tam said...

For what it's worth, some agents do seem to have their finger on the pulse so it may be worth taking a step back from G and seeing if there's anything in what she says. If you can honestly say to yourself that he is just exactly right then keep him as he is and approach another agent. Take heart; they don't offer revision advice if they don't see promise in your writing.

Gonna be a writer said...

I know your right Tam. My problem is that I can't look at it objectively at the moment because as I have said, I love G and I don't want to change him. That's not to say that he can't be changed. I think I'll leave it a couple of weeks and then try to look at it with my head and not my heart. Like you said, I should take heart from the agent actually giving me some personal advice and at least think about it.