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March 6 question – Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?
One of my first writing courses required I write a story from the evil antagonist’s point of view. Just a short story, a couple of pages. I drove home barely focused on the traffic. All I could think about was how terrifying it would be spying, metaphorically, on the monster’s cerebrum. Then, I had an epiphany. Most novels engage a battle of good versus evil. I was going to have to find a way to get not just comfortable with the villain. We were going to get cozy.
The following week I submitted my homework for the class to review. It was read aloud. They were horrified. Yes! I still prefer to write from the protagonist’s point of view. Seems to be less of a struggle to express.
The bad ass? That’s a challenge. My dark side has been restrained for a hundred years or so. How much do I dare loosen those shackles and party there?
And, if I can find that two-pager, I’ll share it with you in a week or two.
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