Doubt is expected, especially on a large project, but dealing with a gender I'm not familiar with, from a generation I'm too removed from, in a setting that I've never seen, feels not just overwhelming, but altogether wrong sometimes. Also, Issues like how to format text message conversations present surprising challenges, like balancing convention with readability and avoiding sounding gimmicky. (There's a balance to be struck there.) I've worked my way through every problem I've hit on this book so far, but this one keeps coming back to haunt me. It's hard to tell if it's legit or just normal doubt. (If not this, would I doubt something else?)
So let's break this down. There's two areas of concern.
So what if she's young? She's a human being. She has passions, needs, backstory and quirks--all the things that should make a character in a story work. As long as I make those things plausible and explain what is necessary in narrative, there shouldn't be a problem. (Also, beta readers can help iron out teen-girl quirks along the way--too bad I don't know more teen girls. Well, you know what I mean. Readers. Then again, if I'm too far off, the chore of making it all believable might not be worth the effort right now.)
If this were a fantasy or science fiction novel, I'd be spending hours on constructing a unique world. Using a real world location is different only in that I replace making things up with research. Of course, with real-world locations, readers can call me out if the details are off. With fantasy and science fiction, it just has to be plausible. Still, New York City is daunting, (if not over-used in fiction. I'm still not sure why I chose it.)
Okay, I need to put some thought into this one.
Writer of speculative fiction. Current work in progress is an untitled dark fantasy novella.