I'm writing a novel which has characters set in real life places. It follows them and their relationships throughout a large chunk of their lives from a young age. I have plots and a story line written, which evolves with every day of writing (it's hard to keep up with it at times!) and I have recently begun writing a first draft. My problem is self doubt - even in such early days I'm doubting whether my characters are interesting enough in their young lives to pull the reader forward with them into adult life. I'm trying to have them drop little hints and tidbits about past,future and secrets and then I'm worrying that I'm cramming too much information in too early on. I'm so deeply involved with this story already that I'm struggling to let go of the detail and get on with letting the first draft flow out! I'm always like this a little but I'm finding it harder than usual to break free of my obsessive nature this time round and it's stunting my story's progression!