Thursday, April 18, 2013
Thursday's Children--Revision: Inspired by First Cars
I’m back to revising my WIP, and have started this round by reading through comments I got on the first draft. At first I thought my MC’s motivation was a bit off, but then it dawned on me that maybe it wasn’t as much off as I was going into it in too much depth. Perhaps, my main character was too self-aware of her motivation. What does this have to do with first cars?
My main character is almost seventeen and she wants her own car, very badly. But I'm starting to think that I don’t need to have her thoughts reveal why. Heck, I got my first car at sixteen and I didn’t think to myself—I want a car so I can be independent and I can make my own life choices about where I want to live. I just knew I wanted one. Yeah, there was the whole I want to feel adult thing going on as well.
So my questions to you is: Did you want a car as a teen and, if so, then why? How badly did you want it? Did it motivate you to do things you might not have done otherwise? What kind did you long for?
By the way, my first car was a used 1969 Dodge Dart (visible at rear of photo). My dad bought it for me with the agreement that it would also be used for his business (I worked for my dad). Also the town I lived in didn't have school buses, so it saved my parents from having to tote me around. I drove the old car until even Bondo, pop rivets and sheet metal wouldn’t keep it together.
After that I had a string of $50 cars, like this red beauty. They weren’t pretty, but they were mine, all mine! This one had totally rotted floor boards.
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