INSIDE THE HEAD OF A CHARACTER
Pierre Acobas is an English teacher and photographer. I found this image on Unsplash. I found it arresting although he seems more interested in necks than foreheads.
Getting inside peoples’ heads is a sure way of capturing the involvement of the reader in a tale, whether fiction or non-fiction. The best biographies manage to do this by dint of thorough research and psychological insight. Character-based fiction fails if it can’t achieve this feat of letting the reader believe he knows and understands a character (and preferably several) in the novel.
Terry has received a climactic relevation at the end of Part One. How he deals with this must be understandable in light of his personality shown in Part One but not so predictable that readers won’t want to bother discovering what happens.
Uncommon Relations Part Two has the sub-title “What must be forgotten”.
Like all of us, Terry has weaknesses and has made serious mistakes. He is both wrong and wronged. A good novel allows characters to develop. Some of mine in this tale do not own that strength. As the main character, can Terry rise above the serious of dramatic situations, some of his own making, and leave the reader satisfied at the end of the second book?
I do hope so! That’s been my focus in writing this pair of novels but
“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” Ernest Hemingway