Wednesday, March 6, 2019

MARCH IWSG

Here it is a new month. Where do the days go? Welcome to March and IWSG.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!

March  6th question: Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist) and why?


Awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG

His awesome co-hosts for the March 6 posting of the IWSG are Fundy Blue, Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!


Now for the question

So far, I've always written a story from the perspective of the hero or heroine. Never actually gave it a thought to write from the villain's point of view. It might be fun though. 

Why? Many of my stories start with a title. Often a title just pops into my head. I jot it down and think about it for awhile and see what happens. I think it would be neat to write a story alternating the main characters. One chapter from the viewpoint of the hero; the next chapter from the villain. Oh, yes. I  want to do that. Have you done that? Thanks for the idea. If I ever finish what I'm working on, I may try it. My current hero is making all kinds of changes to what I thought was finished. He has other ideas. 

Looking forward to see your answers. Should be fun.

Happy Writing.

92 comments:

  1. Great post Beverly and it's also great you're co hosting this month. Thanks.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne. It's fun to be a co-host. Keeps me busy.

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  2. Thanks for co-hosting this month, Beverly!! I don't give my H/V equal page time but I do allow him/her to weight in with their POV. Try it! It ads a whole new layer to the story development. I always have a hint of suspense in my book, whether contemporary, historical or, currently, paranormal, so a glimpse behind the bad guy curtain is always a fun tease. Happy writing!

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    1. Sounds like a great idea, Nancy. Think I'll try it. See what the villain has to say. I may be surprised. Thanks for the tip.

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  3. I've never written from a villain's POV. Not sure I want to. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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    1. Neither have I, Natalie. I imagine it would be different. May try it one day.

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  4. Happy IWSG Day! Thanks for Co-Hosting. Blessings✨

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    1. Happy IWSG day to you, Ann. It's been fun. Trying to catch up now.

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  5. Hi Beverly. I've never written from the villian's POV, either. Alternating between the chapters sounds interesting.

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    1. Hi Janet. It might be fun to try it. Different, anyway. Let me know how it turns out if you do.

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  6. I never really thought about writing from the villain's viewpoint either.
    Thanks for co-hosting today!

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    1. My pleasure, Alex. Enjoying visiting different blogs.

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  7. You are so lucky, coming up with the title first! I have terrible trouble thinking up suitable titles!!

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    1. It has been weird, Angela. I jot down a title when it comes to me then look through them when I'm ready to start something new. They don't all work, but sometimes they do. Just look around you and see what might be a story. Good luck.

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  8. Thanks for co-hosting! Yes, I've done exactly that, switching between the protagonist and antagonist and I think it worked well. We will find out once the book is actually published!

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    1. That sounds like fun, Lisa. Let me know how it turns out when it's published.

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  9. Titles are often what I start with too! In fact, on my blog today I have a little section called Titles to Write By, inspired to Ray Bradbury.

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    1. That's great, Bish. At least the title gives you some ideas of what the story is about. I'll check out the titles.

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  10. Actually I have! In Motley... But I don't give them an even spotlight. The villain has less, which I think upped his intrigue and spookiness. :)

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    1. That's a great idea, S. A. I think knowing more from the villain's point of view might help the reader understand why he/she does what they do better.

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  11. You need to try alternating for one story then.

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  12. I wish titles came to me easily. Sounds like a good plan, you should try it!

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    1. Maybe just jot down words, Megan, and see what they say. Does it sound like a title? I'm thinking about trying it. You never know what will happen.

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  13. I'm editing my story at the moment which has a dual POV. The bad guy actually turns, or the reader hopes, he turns to the good side in the end...

    Thank you for co-hosting.

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    1. Oh, that sounds exciting, Cathrina. I like it when the bad guy has at least some good in him. Good luck to you.

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  14. Isn't it cool when a concept (writing from the villain's pov) sparks an idea for a story? I hope you go with this and see where it takes you. Best wishes getting your story on track. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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    1. It sure is, Diane. We never know when some little spark is the beginning of an unusual story. Thanks, I'm enjoying visiting new blogs.

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  15. Like you, I've only written from the POV of multiple heroes, but this question has sparked a desire to write from the POV of a villain. Now I just need more time to write! :)

    Happy #IWSG day - thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. Me, too, Debs. I think the villain would make a great POV character. Good luck with yours. And with finding the time to write. I'm having fun visiting new blogs.

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  16. I've written more than one story from the villain's POV perspective. Then I have to go shower. hee hee.

    Thanks for co-hosting!

    Teresa

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    1. LOL, T. Powell. I'd like to read those. Maybe one day...

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  17. I haven't alternated viewpoints evenly between heroes and villains, but I have inserted a half dozen pov chapters from the villain in one of my books. I liked knowing what she was up to in the background as the hero struggled along against all of her own obstacles.

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    1. That sounds interesting, Tyrean. I think knowing what the villain is up to would be interesting. Never tried it though.

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  18. So glad to hear that you're busy on another story. And maybe a villainous POV will be in your next one!

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    1. Maybe, lee. We never know what our characters will decide to do. I like the idea, but this character I'm working on now keeps me busy trying to figure him out.

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  19. I like the idea of shifting povs between a hero and villain. I might feel a bit uneasy writing from a villainous perspective depending on the nature of that antagonist. Balance would help things.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. It would be a new experience for me, Arlee. It's good to try new things, right? It might take awhile to get used to it. Who knows until we try?

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  20. Titles are the last thing I do since I struggle with them so much!

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    1. But you know, Madeline, that title may be in your story. Watch for it. You never know. Or just make a list of words that go with your story and see if any of them work together. Good luck.

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  21. Happy March! Gosh do I wish I had your talent for titles, haha. Thanks so much for hosting this month!

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    1. Thanks, S. E. It is funny how I just write words down, sometimes rearrange them and have a title. Then I have to figure out what it means, what is supposed to happen in the story. :)

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  22. I've only ever alternated between the hero and heroine, but it would be fun to add in the villain. Keeping the mystery and surprise with what the villain does, which I rely on for suspense and action, would be tricky, though.

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    1. It would be fun, Chrys, but I can see where you'd have to be careful not to give anything away.

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  23. Hi,

    A lot of my books start with something I've observed or an idea where I ask myself a lot of What If questions. I've never written from the viewpoint of the villain but who knows, maybe one day I will. Thank you so much for co-hosting.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. Who knows? Pat. Right. It's fun to try new things. Stories are all around us, if we just look. Those villains might make great POV characters. Thanks. I'm having fun visiting new blogs.

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  24. That alternating viewpoint structure is common in romance fiction. Happy writing in March, and good luck wrestling with your opinionated hero.

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    1. LOL Good luck is always appreciated. Sometimes our characters do not cooperate and do their own thing. Happy writing to you, Rhonda.

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  25. I'm that way too--just usually write from the protagonist's VP. I do have a good-guy-going-bad in my current WIP. That has me thinking things through different eyes.

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    1. Good guy going bad sounds intriguing, Jacqui. A lot of things can happen there. Have fun with your character.

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  26. Coming up with a title is usually the toughest for me. An image of a scene is what inspires me to start a novel. Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. Ah, and something in that image might make a good title, Jennifer. Good luck to you.

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  27. I sometimes enjoy twisting it a bit. Writing a "hero" only to discover that character isn't really the hero.

    Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. Ah, that's interesting, Loni. I bet your readers enjoy it too. Neat idea.

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  28. Thanks for co-hosting, Beverly. So far, my main protagonist characters have enjoyed center stage in my novels. However, I do enjoy switching the POV briefly to the antagonist, just to give the reader an extra dose of OMG. Good luck with your writing. Blessings

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    1. Oh, I like that extra dose of OMG, Feather. What a neat idea. Thanks for the tip and for the good luck with my writing. I'm having fun visiting new blogs, too.

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  29. I mostly write from the hero's POV, but I'd like to do one solely from the villain's POV.

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    1. I think it would be a nice change, Patricia. Those villains can be interesting characters. I always wonder why they are villains. What made them that way.

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  30. Hi, Beverly. Your post made me smile. It's fascinating how characters can insist on having their way over their writer's ideas. My stories come to me though landscapes or settings, like someone frozen on a cliff face with fear of heights or an accident with a chainsaw on a logging site. Thanks for co-hosting today ~ I hope that you're having fun!

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    1. LOL! Yes, sometimes our characters take control and do their own thing. What's a writer to do? Ah, what a neat way to find your stories. I bet you have some good ones with the person frozen on the cliff and the chainsaw accident. I can imagine. I'm having fun visiting new blogs just can't get to them all.

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  31. Your book idea, alternating perspectives, sounds great. I'd keep reading to see how it all comes together.
    Thanks for co-hosting IWSG this month!

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    1. It would be interesting to see how the hero's and villain's thought and actions affect their relationships. I like the idea. You're welcome. I'm having fun visiting new blogs.

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  32. Alternating main characters works well imo. The modern trend is for several 1st person povs, which seems to work well.

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    1. I enjoy stories with alternating main characters, Rosemary. It's fun to see what they think of each other and what their plans are. First person is good. I've only written a couple, but like them.

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  33. I do enjoy writing from both points of view. In my current WIP, the main antagonist gets the stage every few chapter. I've done short stories from the antagonist point of view - that gets interesting. Thanks for co-hosting today.

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    1. Your current work the antagonist having the stage now and then sounds great, Lee. I never thought about writing from the villain's pov, but really like the idea. I'm having fun visiting new blogs. Thanks.

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  34. Now, that would be awesome writing one chapter from the hero's POV and the next from the villain's!!

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    1. Yes, Jennifer. The more I think about it, the more I like the idea. And a few people say they've done it. Why not?

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  35. As a non-fiction writer, I always write from the perspective of the protagonist. So, unless I turn myself into a very mean and awful person (like I did a little bit in the memoir I'm working on), I'll always have to use adversaries as my antagonist.

    I agree with you that it should be fun writing a story or a book from a villain's perspective. That would allow our creativity to roam free, free, free! Thank you for co-hosting this month!

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    1. Ah, you don't sound like a mean and awful person, Liesbet. I think writers should be able to write freely. Then all the stories would be different. You're welcome. I'm having fun visiting new blogs.

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  36. Interesting that you start with a title. I often don't know the title until I'm done! @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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    1. You know, Samantha, writers are all different. I don't know why titles come to me. It's not always good. Sometimes I have to try to figure out what the story is about. Maybe it's easier to write the story then give it a title. :)

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  37. I've done the villain a few times, can be fun, but rather got with the hero.

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    1. It would be a neat change, Pat. May try it some day.

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  38. A friend of mine was stuck, so she spent time contemplating the protagonist POV. It expanded her perspective and helped move the plot forward. Thank you for co-hosting IWSG March blog hop.

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    1. I think it's good to try something new, Lynn. It might even start a trend. Glad your friend worked out the problem. I'm having fun reading a lot of new blogs. Thanks.

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  39. Hi Beverly!

    I typically start with a title too, though I call it a 'working' title as its always likely to change.

    How interesting! Twice today, I've said I'm a hero person, and now in one paragraph you've reminded me of the first and, so far only, time I've written as the unsuspected antagonist. I should really dust that off. It's also the first time I ever began a story with the ending in mind. Thanks for steering me back to that ;-)

    Happy writing!

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    1. Oh, yes, diedre. You should dust that off and see what you can do with it. Sounds exciting. And I'm wanting to write from the antagonist point of view now. You are welcome for whatever I've done. :) Happy writing to you.

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  40. I like titles. They keep me focused. In fact, come to think of it, the books I've had most trouble with got their titles later... but then again, maybe they are 'better' books. I don't know!
    I've only got one really nasty antagonist left, and I'm beginning to enjoy writing the scenes from his pov. Maybe I should look at this more in future books :)

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    1. Me, too, Jemima. The title for me is sort of a guide telling me what to think about. Yay for the bad guy. May he inspire you.

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  41. It's maddening when your characters have their own ideas about what they should do. Titles are the last thing I come up with. Thanks for co-hosting this month's IWSG!

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    1. LOL Yes, sometimes characters can be maddening, Chemist Ken. They just don't want to cooperate. It often pays to listen to them. I'm doing that now, and I though my story was finished. My hero told me different. You're welcome. I've had fun visiting new blogs.

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  42. I like the idea of alternating. Thanks for co-hosting!

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    1. I like it too, Tonja and want to try it. It's been my pleasure to visit new blogs.

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  43. I have written a chapter or two from an antagonist's viewpoint and it is kind of fun.

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    1. I bet it is fun, Tamara. Must try it one of these days. Maybe with my next story. Thanks for stopping by.

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  44. I have not switched off POVs chapter by chapter either but agree it sounds like a fun approach, and I think it would be fun to read and really dig into both POVs as well. Good luck with your current edits!

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    1. The antagonist might turn out to be an interesting character, Karin. I'm thinking about trying it. Should be fun. Thanks, I need good luck with this guy who keeps changing things that I thought were right. :)

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  45. I rarely write in multiple perspectives. Perhaps I should try it sometime. I don't write destinctive good/evil stories either though. Another thing I should try :)

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    1. It is fun sometimes to try something new, dolorah, although I usually stay with what I'm comfortable with. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

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  46. I have only written one short story from a villain's point of view. Interesting prompt! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I'm thinking about trying one from the villain's point of view, Jess. Might be fun for a change.

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