My current WIP is one I spent a lot of time on last year. I entered it in quite a few contests, and so it’s first chapter has received a lot of feedback. Though I think I’ve finally tackled the issues with this WIP, it’s still a slow going and difficult process. That feedback keeps floating in the back of my mind making me doubt, question, or play down each scene.
When I got the first newly rewritten chapter back from my CP, I was surprised by her comments which basically stated that from the hero’s POV the heroine seems strong and with it, but from the heroine’s POV she seems like a soft mess (I’m paraphrasing here).
See, this heroine was always supposed to be strong, a little edgy, wild, but I had gotten so much feedback that she could be construed as unlikable in the first chapter, and I was trying so hard to make her a sympathetic character… I turned her into something she’s not. And, I essentially confuse the reader by the hero seeing her one way (the right way) but her acting a completely different way.
I’ve gone on and on about tough heroines in the past, and while I like to think all of my heroines have strength not all of them are tough. I think writing a tough heroine is a real struggle, a balancing act. Just like with an alpha hero, you have to give them a heart, a soft spot under all that armor, but I think it takes a lot of skill to do that and keep the balance.
I guess that’s why I’m letting myself take this WIP a little slower. Balance is something that takes time, the perfect word, the right reactions. It can’t be rushed.