1) I'm writing in first person.
2) I'm writing from the POV of a Canadian.
3) I've taken on a new main character - someone less educated and naive.
Now, I would say I've got a handle on the first challenge, though I have caught myself wanting to go back to third person. I'm even liking the inner workings of the first person novel.
So, that leaves number three. I'm finding it the hardest. All the other characters I've written were... how can I say this? Educated. Learned. Not that my current character isn't educated but she's in a word... naive. Her only job at sixteen was working at a Co-op gas bar. Her last movie was Fargo(1995). I'm not sure she's even heard of Celine Dion or Shania Twain or hell, The Barenaked Ladies! This isolated woman (both physically and emotionally) is difficult to write and the last few days, I've had to really discover her voice.
Even though she's begun to open up to me, I still find her voice difficult. Hopefully by the end of the novel, I will have the dialect down and I can go back to the beginning and make sure it's the same voice throughout.
Has anyone else created similar challenges for themselves?
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