My middle grade WIP has a main character – a 12 year-old boy – who is a good egg. He spends much of the story, however, conflicted in a way that makes the reader worried about his ability to make the right choice in the end.
On the other hand, my bad guy has been pretty universally awful. In draft four, however, I’m giving him a motivation that will make him a bit more understandable/likable.
It just strikes me as more real this way.
I asked if this was an appropriate decision for my target audience during #kitlitchat last night, and got the following answer:
Right on, Becky_Levine! That’s something I should print out and stick to my computer.