It's my turn to blog! I'm so sorry I only remembered just now. Then this reassuring voice that sounded an awful lot like "Curly" from City Slickers said to me, "The day ain't over yet..." and I knew that I had seen too many movies. And also that I still had time to blog.
So...I got in to grad school! That little voice is no longer pestering me. Thank you, thank you. But more importantly, I have been mulling over my story and had an epiphany. I wish it had been originally mine...BUT...as I was discussing some aspect I had written someone gave me some (what I think is) very good advice. I wanted to open the question to you, internets.
My main character was in a very real moment of peril. Paralyzing peril! And one of the great characters in the story comes to her rescue. My friend said, "Wait a minute, hold it! He is becoming the hero here. Isn't she supposed to be the hero? She needs to save herself or have circumstances change in some act of God or good luck. To have him come in and save the day makes me question who the main character is now."
So what say you, fellow writers? Does the main character need to be saving herself? Or can her friend burst in and save the day?