Shifts in revising perspective


One of the most problematic essentials in navigating a main character is simply trying to stay on track with what type of personality that character has; for example, in revising the first few pages of a new revision of my almost first full draft I noticed too many shifts in my main character’s behavior. Characters’ personality shifts are necessary in terms of making sure that they are more dynamic than static–in some cases, dynamic in the sense that they do shift so that they grow. I noticed diving into my next draft my main character weaves in and out of a few starting paragraphs splitting the character into different dimensions, which is not what you really want. I like my main character. The character is redemptive, which is important literarily. At the same time, I want to see my main character not form a pattern with her life. As routine as some of her antics may be, they are more situational and circumstantial, which finds me getting back on track with what’s also the point of view.


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