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Sunday: Church-related or spiritual things.
Monday: Running.
Tuesday: Books.
Wednesday: Transportation.
Friday: Green living.

12 March 2012

Teenage Boys

I've had three days of (mostly) writing. Gosh, spring break is the best thing ever!

I'm not sure what I've written about my work in progress before now, so let's start at the beginning, shall we? I first wrote these characters years ago as high school seniors. They've evolved quite a bit over time, naturally, as I've written a bit here and there. And yes, this is the sort of project that I've had for so long that any hopes of anyone but me ever wanting to read it are pretty much nil, but hey. I'm enjoying it.

So before NaNoWriMo, I thought I'd pull my characters out and see if I could do something new with them, so they were relaunched into a prequel and now I'm writing them as freshmen. I think I might actually manage to finish the entire school year if I stop getting so distracted and writing down all the minutia of 14-year-old life. But that's what editing is for, yes?

I'm not sure that I've
mentioned lockers once.
Source.
Anyway. So, my main character is Sybil and eventually, she's going to fall in love with a nice young man called Greg. In the meantime, two things have happened: 1. Sybil thinks of Greg as a good friend, and nothing more, when they are freshmen; and 2. Greg is really insecure, bumbling, and generally awkward as a 14-year-old. I didn't mean for that to happen, but I started down that road because I thought there should be some reason why Sybil didn't fall in love with him until later. Unfortunately, now I have to figure out how he's going to mature over the next couple of years into the responsible, confident young man that's he's supposed to be when he's 18.

But never mind that: While poor Greg is pining for Sybil, she's started dating. Her first real boyfriend was another freshman, who turned out to be a jealous little brat who has caused Sybil more problems than he was worth. I'm working on boyfriend #2, Jonathan, who is a junior (two years older than Sybil) and so far is a nice guy. One of the senior girls is about to have what is sure to be a giggly, girly conversation with Sybil about him. I'm trying to decide if she's going to warn Sybil that he's also a jerk, or if she's going to heap praise on him and raise expectations way too high. And the only way to find that out is to start writing again.

Well, now that I have that all sorted out, it's time to get back to work. What do you think: Is Jonathan a Bad Boy or a Teenage Saint? What are you working on this week?

9 comments:

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

I think he's a teenage saint who leaves her cold (the earth didn't move) and she is back on the hunt again.

Su said...

Oooh, good idea. :)

Jenni at talking hairdryer said...

I don't know what kind of person boyfriend #2 is, but my daddy would have never let me date a junior when I was a freshman. I could only go up one year.

Su said...

That's hilarious! Nobody ever asked me out, so the issue didn't arise when I was a freshman. But, not to worry: There will be some parental consternation before it's all said and done.

Karen Peterson said...

I think the reformed bad boy is a tad overdone. I agree that letting him be a saint is potentially more interesting.

Su said...

That's kinda what I was thinking... I also don't want my MC to be the caricature who only dates boys who are jerks, but she doesn't know it until it's too late, etc. Blah. Been done, a lot, by better writers than me.

Jennie Townsend said...

I think it would be more interesting for him to be a saint unless you want you book to inform young girls about violence in teenage relationships. Do you have a plan as to how she gets reaquainted with Greg?

Jennie Townsend said...

I think it would be more interesting for him to be a saint unless you want you book to inform young girls about violence in teenage relationships. Do you have a plan as to how she gets reaquainted with Greg?

Su said...

Well, he doesn't have to be violent to be a jerk. However, that has also been done by other writers, so I'm no venturing there just yet. And no, I've no idea how she & Greg get together. Basically, I'm writing it to find out what happens. :)

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