Wednesday 6 March 2019

IWSG March 2019

I'm back after my short break following my blog tour - which was a lot of fun - and ready to get into this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group post. In case you haven't come across the group, it offers a safe haven in which writers of all stripes can share their fears and insecurities without fear of ridicule. Hosted as always by the inimitable Alex J. Cavanaugh, today's co-hosts are Fundy BlueBeverley Stowe McClureErika Beebe and Lisa Buie-Collard!

Today's IWSG question looks like a fun one - Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

Now that I'm thinking about it, I've only ever written from a hero's point of view - don't know if that's a subconscious choice, but it felt like the natural one. Shouldn't we see events from the perspective of someone on the side of right? Their epic battle to overcome the forces of evil? Of course, I'll still give insights into what the villain is thinking, their motivation and background (this is easier with third person). But overall, the story is told very much from the hero's side.

This question got me thinking, though. What could a story told from the villain's perspective look like, at least in my hands? It would involve a very different take on things, because of course a villain usually believes that the nefarious activities they engage in are for the best and perfectly justifiable. Maybe a dual POV story, showing both sides, would be fun. Definitely something to bear in mind!

Some IWSG news now: Showing that my home country has great taste (not to mention great writers, of course), the IWSG recently made the UK Writer's Hub's 50 Best Writing Blogs in 2018 list! A great accolade.

Which perspective do you prefer writing from - the hero's or the villain's? Don't forget to check out more IWSG posts here.