As with each of us . . . characters in our books change as the story progresses. The growth of a character is very important. I think this aspect of writing is sometimes overlooked or even forgotten. We focus so much on what is happening externally that we forget what is happening internally.
- The no-personality changer – they don’t change or grow during the story –but they want to.
- The changing character – they change but their motivation does not.
- Finally we have the characters who changes throughout the story - as their motivation also progresses.
And when you think about it - his motivation doesn’t change either. He accepts a mission, and he doesn’t stop until it’s accomplished. There are always the ‘mini’ motivation interruptions such as saving a woman from drowning or escaping a death trap.
Kom-zit-api finds Wind and asks her to be his sits-beside-him wife. Before she can give him an answer, he dies saving her from Crow warriors. Trapper, Jake McKinney hears her cries and finds her down on a ledge, birthing a child that has arrived too soon. Now Wind finds herself at a crossroads.
Ashamed and confused, she accepts McKinney’s offer to go with him to the Big Belt Mountains, where his Confederate war buddies are prospecting for gold.
They meet brothers, Tucker and Alexander Walsh on the trail. McKinney, with his valuable bales of furs and buffalo robes, and the Walsh brothers, with their four wagons of supplies, strike a partnership. They’ll start up a general store for miners on the east side of the Missouri River near Diamond City.
Wind reveals possession of a gold nugget the size of her thumb. Her father gave it to her, and she knows where in Confederate Gulch it was found. The men make her an equal partner in their business they are now calling Whispering Wind.
Nothing like her peaceful village, Wind finds herself among ramshackle clusters of tents, lean-tos, and crude log cabins. The main street is a knee-deep mud trail mixed with horse manure, lined with make-shift stores, hotels, rowdy saloons, and a single assayer’s office. Wind aspires to find love and happiness where greed rules actions above common sense. Dressed like a white woman, hiding her part Blackfeet blood, she faces being one of a few women in a wild, lawless mining territory. Who can she trust? Can she survive where so many men have failed?