I'm only a few chapters into the story and already I am wondering who is this Misunderstood person? As an author, how do you write a complex character? Do you outline your stories before you write them?
I hope the main goal for any author is to encourage the reader to want to know more, regardless of the type of book they are writing. In the case of fiction, it is to introduce the notion that there is a story worth reading.
In the case of this story, there is an invitation to discover, along with the protagonist, how he arrived at the place he now finds himself in. Though this place seems dark and hopeless, the protagonist hints that there was a world full of light. His goal in returning to a previous time is to hopefully find a way to move forward.
Yes, there is a very deep story within this character; read on.
Misunderstood was and still is a complex and complicated character to write. His intellect often seems to outweigh his age while at the same time many of his actions are very reflective of his lack of experience.
One of the points I wanted to make in writing this story is that our life should never be defined by a single perception. All lives, like perceptions, are so much more than the labels often ascribed to them. The story of life is about complexity; it is complicated and never as simple as it appears to be or is often made out to be.
I try to write complexity into a character by learning from a variety of resources.
In regards to outlines, to date I haven't gotten along so well with them. My outlines tend to be an assemblage of notes, some okay chapter drafts, and a host of ideas that somehow get pieced together into what becomes a first draft. (Imagine an organized card catalog where some cards are represented by paper clipped pages because the cards aren't big enough.)
My stories tend to go where they want to, despite the best of plans, hence why I don't do so well with outlines.
Time seems central to Chapters Four and Five, why? And what do the cracks in the foundation represent? I sense there is a deeper meaning there.
The ticking clock is central to these two chapters. In one sense it shows how many thoughts flow through the protagonist’s mind in any one moment. In another sense it is about the protagonist’s recognition of how little time he has. The importance of the ticking clock is to make one aware that time is ticking away.
The cracks in the foundation were initially references to the character of the protagonist. Though he appears to be referencing the floor beneath him, or the “system”; it really is about him. Though he can see the flaws in his external environment, he can only sense them in himself, at least early on. Sometimes what are seen as flaws can become the greatest of revelations.