My agent got back to me the other day with comments about the tween novel I’ve been working on. As usual, she had all sorts of wise things to say about it which made me rethink several elements in the story. One of those is the main character’s age. Right now she’s 14 and a freshman in high school. But, as my agent pointed out, her concerns and actions are a bit more middle school than high school (which I kind of knew already).
Joan suggested I bump my character down a grade so that she’s in eighth grade instead of ninth. Sounds easy, right? Sort of. While the character will actually remain 14, putting her back in middle school changes some of the things going on around her (proms, upperclassmen, etc.). I think it will work out in the end, but it’s one of several things I need to think about as I dive back into revising.
How are you all doing with your WIPs? Anyone else undertaking some big (or small) changes?