I'm having trouble with the beginning of my story, and I think part of it is down to my MC being very underdeveloped at the beginning. I just can't work out who she is and how she shapes the story. Filly is 19 and lives in 1830s England. She had a clandestine relationship with the son of her father's business partner and he convinces her to marry by handfasting. They then tell their parents what they have done, but the groom's father is not happy and orders his son to abandon her. Their handfast marriage is not legally binding as it was not officiated by a priest, so it is easy to do. Filly then discovers she is pregnant and is practically disowned by her family. My story starts when she and her illegitimate son go to live with a sort of aunt in the countryside where she presents herself as a young widow to save her reputation. Filly is a romantic idealist before the story begins. She's captivated by the old tales of heroes and fairies and the idea of the perfect, chivalrous knight, which is why she gets so deeply involved with Edward (the young man she 'marries'). After all this has happened, she's forced into reality and is confronted by the stark realisation that life is not like the stories she loves. There aren't always happy-ever-afters and the perfect knight isn't as perfect as he first appears. After she moves to the countryside, she becomes involved in the labourer's revolt known as the Swing Riots. She's craving excitement and is tempted by the thrill of adventure that these activities bring. It also appeals to the romantic side of her and she begins to see herself as a Maid Marian type character, helping the poor people of the village to rebel against the wicked squires and parsons who have taken their livelihoods. She also begins to fall for Kit, the leader of the revolt in the village. She's wary of falling in love again, acutely aware of what happened last time, and also that she's lying to Kit. But her romantic side can't help itself and the result is a mix of pushing on and shying away. What I'm having trouble with is the beginning of the story. I can't decide how her experiences would affect her and how she comes across at the beginning of the story. Help!