Wednesday, March 6, 2019



Okay writers,  grab your favorite hot or cold beverage from the kitchen, take your seats in my parlour - watch out for the dog bones - ignore the dust bunnies and lets get to talking insecurity. Or security. Either way is fine with me.
Yes, it is another meeting of the IWSG - where writers of all stripes (and dots) gather to buoy each other up before heading back to the trenches, the utter chaotic warfare that writing is. Wait a minute! I do not think that. Nobody put a gun to my head or told me if I didn't enlist (at the age of seven) I would be an utter coward and disgrace to my country and people. Why do we want to make everything so dark and dramatic? Isn't real life enough like that? Okay...sorry. I know better than to start that conversation so early in the meeting.

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

I will give you my honest answer. I am such a Pantser as opposed to a Plotter that I have no idea when I start out if the voice I'm channeling is the hero or the villain. I don't even know what the story is or if it needs heroes and villains. Couldn't it just be a story where time and circumstance are the villains and heroes are those who manage to trudge through yet another day without harming anyone? I can tell you that whoever is the main character thinks they are the hero regardless of facts. Don't we all? I can barely even remember my siblings growing up and we were very close in age. Are. We aren't dead yet. Though come to think of it there is one I haven't heard from in awhile.

The work in progress is a veritable festival of folks who think they are heroes when mainly they ain't. They aren't totally awful - though there are a few as it is a mystery - but even the main character is as flawed as you might find in any police force. Come to think of it I don't think I've made her nearly wicked enough. I should go back at it.

I remember when I was a young actor and a director/teacher told me that if I wanted to play comedy I had to play it straight and if I was after real drama I should play it for laughs. Think that might be true in this regard as well. Worth thinking about...

How about you? Do you struggle with heroes, anti-heroes, villains and, er, anti-villains?


6 comments:

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Pat Garcia said...

Hi,
if I struggle with anything, it is putting my heroine emotional world on paper. However, I love the struggle because I am digging into myself and discovering me. That is the fun part, most of the time.
Wishing you all the best.
Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

Erika Beebe said...

We do all think we are the hero lol. I like your panster perspective and happy IWSG Day :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is very true! We all think we are the hero.

Helen Mathey-Horn said...

Isn't it true that the 'story' sometimes takes on a 'life' of its own and takes you in directions you had no intention of going? Sometimes the characters too. Also like your director/teacher's comment about comedy and drama...so true. Nothing funnier than someone who takes themselves too seriously in crazy situations.

Margot Kinberg said...

Sorry to be late this party! For me, the perspective I take depends on which story (whose story?) I'm telling. I try to work out what's the best way to tell the story I need to tell, and go from there.