Tuesday, July 27, 2010
A little backbone, please!
After a few chapters of this, I realized she was completely spineless. If she didn't get a little backbone, she was going to sink this story. I'm easily bored by a character who allows life to happen to her instead of being proactive and making life happen.
What she needed was to be forced to take charity, but to long for independence. Circumstanced dictate that she must allow someone else to meet the needs of the children in her care, though that help comes from the last person in the world she wants to take charity from. The help needed to be a source of conflict.
An added benefit to this conflict is that it raises the faith-stakes for my heroine as well. How can she be independent and in control when her faith tells her that she needs to cast her cares upon the Lord and let Him light her path and show her the way she should go?
So, have you ever read a book where the heroine wasn't proactive? Did you like it? I've only read one that I really enjoyed, and that was Montana Rose by Mary Connealy. Mary set out to write a book where the heroine wasn't feisty, spunky, spirited, etc. to see if she could do it.