How could your WIP be MIS-represented? (Such as, if someone only glanced at the writing and didn't give it due thought, what do you think they might believe about the story and characters?)
I actually thought of this when I did the predictive text thing, because even though it was nonsense, it sounds like my writing.
Glancing at my WIP - or only reading the bits of funny dialogue I post - one might assume my story is witty banter and wacky hijinks. Though it certainly has funny moments, my WIP is more serious than not. I’ve got characters trying to find themselves, dealing with guilt and loss. Noah thinks he’s responsible for his grandmother’s death - that’s a heavy burden to bear, regardless of whether it’s true or not.
Kit and August are the characters most likely to be misrepresented.
Kit is morally gray, and unfortunately, morally gray female characters sometimes get unfair treatment in fandoms. YES, she does things that are Definitely Not Okay, but at her core, she never intends to hurt anyone. A reader who gets attached to some of the other characters might be tempted to paint her as more negative than she actually is.
August is goofy and silly, but he’s more than just comic relief. He struggles too - like Noah, he’s lost his grandmother, and he’s “losing” his brother in a different way. Noah is going away to college but August has to commute, and he hates the idea of being left behind while everyone else moves on. There are moments where he’s really, truly terrified, but he doesn’t voice this to the others because he’s afraid of stepping out of his role. If someone only focused on certain parts of the story, I could see him being reduced to a stereotype.