Needles and Pins

On top of feeling generally tired, I made a realisation today – I’m attempting to write a subversive teen spy thriller set at a school, when I don’t like writing about school, and I don’t like spy thrillers. Despite the fact that there are some good ideas here, I really don’t think this is something I’m meant to write right now. Added to which, it’s also suffering from a major case of Passive Protagonist-itus, with a main character who spends most of the story reacting and doesn’t do anything truly pro-active until the final quarter of the book. After spending major chunks of The Hypernova Gambit trying to get my main heroine less passive and more active, I think it’d be good if I started with a pro-active protagonist, and then worked from there…

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