I've been working on this short story that I just can't get happy with. Something about it is too cutesy and maybe generic. I was thinking about my MC's love interest and something just felt off. Then I thought about the story and what the story would be like if my MC was gay. It seemed to change the tone of the piece quite a bit in a really unexpected way. The story feels like there's more too it. I've done several drafts of this story with a straight character. I'm halfway through making him gay. I haven't changed anything much other than the name of a female character. That has me worried a bit. I feel like there must be other changes I need make. Or was my character was always gay? I just didn't know it at first? But it almost feels like this is too easy of a fix. Any thoughts on this? Have you written a gay character before? How much of an effect do you think a change like this can have on a story?