Day 12 of new novel: my protagonist is a dumbass. Seriously.
First of all, I passed the 10K mark today. Woo! Once again, today’s wordcount was just over 1000, bringing my total to the region of 10800. That means my average is now almost precisely 900 – again, ever so slightly below where I wanted to be by now, but nothing to sneeze at :).
Today, my protagonist finally begun to realize how naive and, frankly, stupid they’ve been for the last year or so of their life. Seriously, if this person actually bothered to learn about the world they live in (in particular the dominant species of said world besides humanity) then there would probably be no story. If this person didn’t insist on keeping so many secrets, meanwhile, then there would definitely be no story.
Naturally, now that the protagonist has realized the above, it’s waaaaay too late for them to do anything about it.
On one hand, I think I might have overdone this a little. On the other hand, I think these flaws make sense for my protagonist given their background: namely, they are fairly young – 16 – and have lived a rather cushy existence up until now, meaning that their thinking tends to be very short-term. Doing either of things I mentioned on the above paragraph would lead to a lot of unwanted change, whether they consciously realize it or not, which is why they’ve put it off for so long.
Of course, there’s plenty of room for such a character to develop over the course of the story and they will indeed drastically change by the end. Even so, I don’t think that the character is quite right yet. I do like the way they’re set to develop in my plan, so I don’t want to change anything too drastically…I suppose this is yet another thing I’ll look at in the second draft.
Any writers been having any character-related woes, lately? Feel free to share below.