One of the things I've struggled with when writing With the Music is to separate the main character, Dot, from myself. This is all the more difficult when the story is narrated in the first person. Of course there are elements of me in her, and for that reason I found her easy to write about, but I'm trying to make her into her own person. This is only happening in the third draft, but slowly and surely Dot is stepping out of my shadow. At first I couldn't see Dot because she was too much inside me, and then it was just like looking in a mirror, but now I can see the differences between us and she's standing by me rather than in me. One day she will leave me altogether.
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