what if the novel is not funny, that’s like a main thing I have to offer is funny– it’s off kilter constantly, but it’s not moving in and out of lightness enough, what’s my problem?
also I am not seeing the characters as characters yet, especially the main girl. what if she is has a friend with a dramatic romantic love life and keeps telling the friend to tamp that shit down…what if her need to reduce drama is stifling her in a way that is funny to read, but her arc has to do with moving from tamping to peace? that’s a quiet arc but it could be a nice challenge to make it meaningful. though I am so worried about starting the arc not at stasis but in flux, but that is what I think, that normal is not peace normal is war.