While rewriting, it occurred to me that the book opens with three chapters each introducing female characters. I’m adding foibles and textures, getting things right. The photo above is a perfect example of how to get it right and how to be oh so wrong.
I have not read any Twilight books and have no intention of reading them. But I have read Harry Potter and yeah, Hermoine pretty much stands her ground as a role model. The one thing I can discern from everything I have heard or read about Bella is that it is very important to have a boyfriend.
So here’s a rule for creating a character, especially a female one. Make sure she exists for herself, she makes her own decisions, that her life is not dependent on her need or desire for a man. Oh sure, she can want love but that should not define her. Got it? Good. Now I am going back to work.