I'm having troubles defining my main character...again. The character Des (working name) has really changed the overall meaning of the story for me. I also want the reader to understand her story the way I do. Long story short, the main character is broken mentally. I have to convince the reader the character is stuck in past events. Not only is she scarred mentally and physically, she allows herself to be surround in the past. Taking lucrative, and downright dangerous, jobs and using the money to buy memorabilia from her ransacked homeland. That's the cycle for her in a nutshell. Another problem I'm facing is her falling in love. I wanted the emotional connection to another character to be her redemption from the dream of her homeland she is trapped in. My question to you is does this sound too sappy? While Des' change will not be in anyway sudden, I still want it to happen.