My journey through the world of writing and everything that lies in between…

I managed to hit a little over 1K today. I finished the last chapter I was on for critique; now I just need to do a very, very rough edit on it before I submit it for critique.

It needs a lot of help πŸ˜› I fear even a rough edit won’t do much of anything.

I have a difficult time writing the chapters with the antagonist POV. Mainly because this man is fairly twisted and sadistic. He’s the kind who gets a certain kind of high watching other people in pain. It’s hard for me to get into a mindset like that because it’s so disgusting to me. But, in order for this guy to not seem like a cardboard bad guy, I need to have my mind venture there, as much as it’s not that fun.

I do have a chapter or two where I am going to show a more human side to him. For example, much of this aggression stems from a neglected childhood where he was an orphan and had to do practically anything to stay alive. Also, much of the motivation behind him finding my MC and in effect torturing others has to do with his deep desire to belong (one of the main themes of the book). He’s trying to prove himself to his “boss”, the formidable leader of a terrorist organization. He’s never belonged anywhere and that’s where he’s found his niche, so to speak, so he’s willing to stop at nothing to get what he wants.

I haven’t done any chapters that show that side yet, but they’re coming (actually one will probably be in the earlier chapters, one that I’llΒ  have to go back and write–much of the first ten chapters is being changed around and rewritten extensively).

Anyway, next few chapters I’m back with writing my MC again. Thankfully. πŸ™‚ And then I still have to figure out how I want this book to end: whether or not I need to keep one POV for the sake of the last few chapters (otherwise it’s going to be very dull) and where I may need to re-add or rewrite other chapters with that characters’ POV.

Ah, the life of a writer! πŸ˜›


Comments on: "Another Day in the Writing Realm" (5)

  1. sounds like your story is keeping you very busy. Good luck with writing the nasty character! Scarily, I seem to have no problems writing the bad guy, though I often read back and wonder how I could have!

  2. at times I struggle with writing awful characters… difficult to be that sort of person, but you can’t write a good story without conflict.

    well done on getting it done! πŸ™‚

  3. That would be tough to write a villain. Three manuscripts and I still haven’t ventured into their minds. *shudder* Good luck! πŸ™‚

  4. I read once that sometimes you have to find the most horrible side of yourself to write those kinds of characters. Good luck.

  5. I’ve had that problem. Sometimes I think writers make up for the unpleasantness of a villain by making them much more complex than the other characters, at the risk of upstaging the hero. For me, the problem with portraying villains accurately is that I actually think people who are extremely sadistic are actually quite shallow. It’s hard to show that without making the villain seem 2D. So it’s a fine line.

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