IWSG: March


It is the first Wednesday in March, so it is time for the IWSG post! Check out the group here. The awesome co-hosts for the March 6 posting of the IWSG are Fundy Blue, Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!


As I don't really have any writing news to share, secure or insecure, let's go to the monthly question!

Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

I don't know if I've ever written a story with a proper villain. I feel like a lot of my characters are more fighting against societal things or circumstances than merely one person. So I guess I tend to write from a protagonist's point of view. I don't really like to read books in an antagonist's point of view either. I think they can be deeply interesting and I don't mind watching movies or TV with anti-heroes or villains (hellooo, Breaking Bad!) but reading is a much more personal experience and there are simply things I don't want to put in my mind. 

That being said, my plot bunny has a villainous organization that causes some ripples down the generations. 

Comments

  1. Societal things make great faceless villains. I always enjoy the unsavory characters in Jane Austen stories. I love villainous everything! I've been trying to write a story from a villain's POV for ages! I keep chickening out, but I'm for sure going to make it happen. I have a few ideas in that lane, and they would be so much fun. One of them has to work. ^_^

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    1. Persuasion is my favorite Austen and although there are unsavory and flawed characters there, they're not *villains* in the way I think of villains. I can totally see you writing from a villain's pov though.

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  2. I think writing is a personal experience too. As writers we want our readers to believe in our characters so much so they see them as real. Happy IWSG Day :)

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  3. Your type of "villain" sounds like it could be very relevant in this day and age. :-)

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  4. I write romance, so it's hero and heroine for me. I struggle to write villains who aren't cliche. I'm working on it.

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    1. And I read a lot of romance and mostly it's hero and heroine and sometimes a villain, so I've inhaled that style of storytelling.

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  5. I like writing from a villain's pov in short pieces, but it's too hard on the soul to stay in that place for long!

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  6. Sometimes, I worry because my characters tend to have a dark twist to them. What's that say about my brain?

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  7. Reading is more personal than watching a show, isn't it? I've never tried writing from the villain's point of view either, and I imagine it to be very difficult to pull off.

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