Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Crazy people think they’re sane


In a previous blog posting I told you to visualize your plot through the POV of your bad guy [antagonist]. That is because no one [no matter how insane] thinks that they are insane. The day I realized that my writing completely changed.

Think about this. Every bad person feels completely justified in their evil. Every good person does questionable things in the name of what is right.

When you try to look at your entire story through the POV of your bad guy you will find a depth to your story telling that you might not have experienced before. Whole novels have been written with this idea [the book Wicked which shows the Wizard of Oz from the POV of the Wicked Witch of the West comes to mind]

So, if you write Fiction, take time to really examine the antagonist. Find out why they tick. Make them a REAL character in their own right.

You might be surprised by the great story that comes to life when you do.
Tiffany Colter is a writer, speaker and writing career coach who works with beginner to published writers. She can be reached through her website at http://www.writingcareercoach.com/

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5 comments:

Carmen7351 said...

When you've dealt with someone with schizophrenia, you will really understand about how sane they think they are. Been there, done that. It is absolutely mind-boggling.

Jan Cline said...

Great thought provoking post. I was just starting to dig into my bad guy and now I know just what to do with him! Thanks.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Thanks for this post, Tiffany. I'm twirling around ideas for Book 2 in my series. It gave me some insight into this type of character.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Laura Brasnan said...

Character is doing the right thing even when it costs more than you want to pay. When it comes to character, you don’t have to be sick to get better. It’s easier for a good person to get better than for a bad person to get good.

Career Coach said...

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