I'm kind of a direct person, so the direct approach worked for me. Now I need to fix the problem. I've talked to my writing pal, Maggie about this, and we both agree that I need to focus on adding brushstrokes to my characters and possibly (gasp!) eliminating a supporting character. Maybe the supporting character is stealing away precious screen time from Dree? It's entirely possible.
I decided to take everyones advice and breakdown into steps what I need to do. So far my list looks like this:
- Write out each scene on an index card. Okay, not easy. If you work on a Mac, a friend of mine suggested the program Scrivener to help you sort scenes out. I wanted to do this so I could really identify what a scene was supposed to do and who should be in the scene. This would be my way to see if one or more characters could be eliminated or reduced in importance. I guess the idea is to give as many great lines as possible to Dree. After all, she's worked hard for them.
- Rewrite the first chapter. This might be the tenth time I've done so but I'm prepared to do it again. I plan to keep the basic scene structure but this time add a new dimension to my MC. I've already done this and love how it's turned out. To prepare for a different mind set, I researched some of my favorite and not-so-favorite gymnasts and got some new ideas on how Dree might react to certain ideas, events. Not done though. I'm still working on her characterization.
- Add brush strokes. This has become somewhat of a buzz word in our writing class. But it's a powerful concept. Instead of walking on the surface of a scene, I need to dip in deeper--add a few brushstrokes, so we say. This part requires that every sentence be analyzed and adjusted. Yikes.
I think I'm becoming a writer.