Insecure Writer’s Support Group – March

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March’s Question:  Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist) and why?

I agree with Sirius Black when he says that we all have light and dark inside of us, that what matters is the part we choose to act on.  I try to write flawed heroes.  They’re more interesting if they aren’t 100% good, just as villains are more interesting if they aren’t 100% bad.  Therefore, I have moments when writing from the perspective of my hero that I realize I’m actually writing from the perspective of a villain and vice versa.

I default to writing from the perspective of the hero.  I consider myself a good person, so it’s naturally easier for me to write from the perspective of a “good guy.”  My writing is stronger from that perspective because it’s my comfort zone.  I have plenty of story ideas that require me to go pretty deeply into the perspective of the villain.  Just the thought makes me a little uncomfortable.  Needless to say, those stories haven’t gotten very far.

A well-balanced story requires giving the reader a bird’s eye view.  They need to see everyone from every angle (within reason – there still needs to be elements of surprise or else the story still fails) so that they can make a well-educated decision about who to root for.  I acknowledge that I don’t really give my readers that balance because it makes me uncomfortable.  This is one of many things I need to work on.

Let’s get the beach ball rolling:  As a reader, which perspective do you most enjoy reading, the hero or the villain, and why?

2 thoughts on “Insecure Writer’s Support Group – March

  1. I like both – but I NEED good to triumph over evil every single time. Probably why I write romance! 🙂 I can handle the villain pov for short pieces, but need to live in a happy place for longer pieces!

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  2. Allowing the hero to have flaws and the villain to have good qualities makes the story more believable and interesting. I enjoy reading from the hero’s perspective because I like to root for the good guys.

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