Help! I am writing two stories and I am stuck on the character development for one of my protagonists. I also need help with developing characters in general. I don't seem to do enough detail. I am in a hurry to write, but for what? I have trouble slowing down and getting to know my charachters. Here's a little about it... For Ethan Andrews, life was just a confusing ball of questions. He didn't know who he wanted to become, nor who he was. He has struggled with homosexual tendencies for as long as he could remember. But he was scared of being gay and the consequenses it held. Maybe with a fresh start in a small town with his mother who he loved dearly, it can help him find his way. And when he meets Chloe, his new neighbor, he thinks there is finally a girl that he might be able to love. However, when he starts school as a senior in the new town, he begins to like a guy. Now more confused than ever, Ethan must choose or lose them both. A little overweight and self consious, Chloe Collins lived a boring in-between life. In between her two friends. Amber was popular, and beautiful, and didn't hang around with Chloe much at school. Leah was pretty but loyal. Chloe considered Leah her best friend. So with everyone comparing her to her friends, will she ever truly feel special? When a boy moves in next door to her, and they develop a friendship, Chloe finally starts to see what it's like to have someone who doesn't compare you to others. Who thinks you are above the others. But there is only one problem. He is mostly gay and likes one of her friends. Will she ever catch her break? ................ I want to change this to GRAB you more. How? So this story is about a young man (a senior) who moved from Denver (a lively town that Ive visited and loved) to Gaffney SC (A boring small town where I was raised) because his mother had to move for work. The company is "downsizing" and are getting rid of all "assistant managers" and her only choice was to accept a mangers position, or get a new job altogether. I needed a reason to make her move that was believable, and with drug store managers I know someone that this actually happened to.... so I used it. I believe I will add that she didn't choose to move so far away, but that was the only one that responded back to her. She wanted to stay with that company but why? WHy couldn't she have just gotten a new job? I need answers to questions like this. So about the boy. He is one of the two main protagonists. His mother thinks he might be gay because the dad (before leaving them) was mentally and sometimes physically abusive to the mom. He never hit the son. He ignored him. Except for calling him a mommas boy and wuss.. and so on. SO the boy is angry at that. But he doesn't think its why he is gay. He doesnt even want to admit that he is gay. He wants to be straight. He is scared of teasing and being different. He is scared of all the consequences that come along with it. He has never been with either boy or girl because he is simply confused. He knows what he wants, but he doesn't know how to get there. He tries to flirt with girls, and has even kissed them, which he likes that part, and he even thinks women are beautiful. But anything beyond kissing terrifies him. (with both sexes) So what does he do? About the other protagonist, the girl. She is ordinary, overweight, and has always been compared to everyone else, so naturally she does the same with herself. Her dad is a little controlling but for her own good, and he also tries to get her to lose weight. Also for her own good. So the only person who uplifts her is her mom. When she meets the boy, he starts to want to be friends with her because he notices she is insecure and alone in this world like him. How do I write out two people becoming close? I am lost. I have many ideas and everything is jumbled with this story. SOrry its so long, but I had a lot to explain. Help!