Ok, so I took a hiatus away from blogging. I am happy to say I finished the first draft of my novel in November. So, yay! Then I have spent the last month and a half tearing my book apart to see the good, the bad, and the meh.
Mostly, I need to work on the characters, especially my MC. I worried that she would me a Mary Sue (See this for a definition), so I constantly has her beat up. The opposite ended up happening. She became incompetent, waffling, and just annoying. By the end of the book she was so injured it was ridiculous. So now I am rewriting her how she should be. Competent, smart, and strong. If others think she is a Mary Sue, then they are welcome to their opinion.
I know we are supposed to write for the readers, but we should also keep in mind that our own personal opinion of our work is important.