The Battle of the Two Heroines
Thanks again to everyone who voted or commented on my Lily/Marsha dilemma. I loved reading all the comments and was interested to see people’s reasons for their choice.
Obviously, Marsha won by a mile – but I was pleased that Lily had a ‘select’ band of supporters, as I am very attached to her as a character. Her short story might not work completely as it stands, but I will keep pursuing it. Her character and situation already existed very clearly in my head when I started writing the story. In the first paragraph, I was trying to hint at those things – that’s why I particularly like the comment about Lily providing ‘a good companion to be my eyes and ears’ and the recognition of the hook of the absent mother at the end of the paragraph.
However, there was what someone called a ‘tsunami of opinion’ in favour of Marsha, which made the exercise fascinating for me as a writer. I am much hazier in my mind about Marsha as a character. She’s becoming clearer even since I posted the opening, but when I wrote it, it was with the sole purpose of hooking the reader. I confess I didn’t invest much time or crafting of the writing into it, but simply tried to set up an opening.
If Marsha is going to be one of my main characters, I need to understand her much more than I do at the moment. Perhaps I should introduce her to Lily and see how they get on! I wonder if they could be friends.