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Contemporary Fiction Writers

What Age Are Your Main Characters? (Plus Free Book Giveaway!)

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    Hobbitchild
    @hobbitchild

    Hi!

    Question: what age group do you usually have for your main characters? I always make my main character a kid and surround him or her with other kids. Have you ever tried re-writing your character’s age? If so, how much did it change the story?

    Also, in case you haven’t heard, I published a book yesterday that is completely free on Amazon for five days! Here is the link. I started work on this book two years ago. It is about a boy who wakes up in a strange room with amnesia. Soon, he discovers that he is right in the middle of a nation-wide threat to security. Together with his friends, he works to stop this threat from coming to completion.

    #118279
    Zee
    @zee

    I like the idea of having a young child for a main character, and I’ve written short stories with children, but so far all my novels star adults…and a couple of older teenagers. Re-writing my characters as younger would really mess with the stories’ plots (because they are romances) but with a different genre, this would be an interesting imaginative exercise. I think it would be easier to write a younger character becoming older, rather than an older one becoming younger…what do you think?

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    Arindown (Gracie)
    @arindown

    @hobbitchild

    Ever since I was little, my characters have always been a few years older than me, or late teens. Right now (I think I’m improving😄) my main character is in his 60’s…but he’s a wizard, so he seems younger. In my other books, my MC’s are 17, and 9.

    I’ll try to check out your book.

    Not all those who wander are lost.

    #118320
    Hobbitchild
    @hobbitchild

    @arindown,

    That’s cool, how many books are you writing right now? I have one I’m currently writing and four more in my head (I wrote down a little), and one I’m taking a break from.

    Thank you so much for your interest in my book! I have a goal of at least 25 copies downloaded a day, and I’m failing today’s goal. I have eighteen.

    #118321
    Hobbitchild
    @hobbitchild

    @zee, I’m not sure! I don’t think most people rewrite their characters ages, it was just a question that popped into my head. XD

    I think it would be interesting to know if anyone has done that before. It would really change the plot of most books, I think, to make your main character go from eleven to thirty-one, but it would be an interesting challenge.

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    Arindown (Gracie)
    @arindown

    @hobbitchild

    I looked at your book. It sounds really cool.😄

    I’m working on one book right now…I might be halfway done with the first draft, but I’m not sure.😆 Pantser.😉 I probably have about 20 other books in my head, and 1 or 2 that I’ve started and never finished. It’s weird how writing has forced me to start thinking in years, (like an adult) and not in days and weeks (like a kid), because of how long it takes and how much editing needs done.

    Do you do all contemporary fiction, or are your other stories in a different genre?

    Not all those who wander are lost.

    #118408
    Hobbitchild
    @hobbitchild

    @arindown,

    It is funny and cool how ideas for books will just pop into you head. I just had that happen to me driving home from a shopping trip. Usually it starts with a thought related to whatever you are doing, then it sparks a fire of thought. Wow, did I just say that? I’m not the detailed/metaphor type. That’s my sister.

    Anyway, it’s great that you looked at my book. I don’t always write contemporary fiction. Actually, I am part of a teen writers group that writes historical fiction for a school curriculum. I’ve been doing it for three or four years now. They do a contest where every three months they give a Amazon gift card to a random teen writer in their group. Here is the link to the course in case anyone is interested: https://schoolhouseteachers.com/school-subjects/history/this-day-in-history/

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