Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Flirting with Evil

Last week, I wrote a scene from my villain's point of view. Now, I've thought a lot about this guy. I know a lot about who he is and where he came from and how he came to be the way he is. I hadn't really thought a lot about how he got along with other people in the world.

Turns out he's a freakin' charmer. Seriously, he's just as sweet as pie. I really like him. So I wrote another scene from his point of view. And another. And another.

Pretty soon I realized it had been several days since I'd stopped to think about what was going on in the heads of my hero and heroine. I couldn't precisely remember where I'd left them. I did a little rereading on Sunday when I had some unexpected hours to myself (the Davis Shepherds finished at the top of their bracket and therefore had a bye in the semi-finals, we went on to take second in the Davis World Cup U16 Boys' Division today in a game that went through two overtimes and into PKs, Yay team!) and found them again, but I'm feeling a little guilty about how easily I was seduced away from them.

I am trying really hard not to make my secondary characters more interesting than my primary characters. At least, to me. It's a struggle sometimes, though. I really thought I had it this time, but here my villain goes and with barely a wink of his eye has me wandering off down the garden path with him.

4 comments:

Molly O'Keefe said...

Sometimes those secondary characters are just so delicious - I have one now, that I am truly trying to ignore. He's all mystery and cool and he gets to be that way because he's not a main character. He doesn't have to carry the polot or make things work, he can just stand there and stare at people...

I don't do many bad guys (see earlier post) but I can understand the allure of writing them. You get to throw all the relatability stuff out the window

Stephanie Doyle said...

I agree. Secondary characters I think are always the most alluring and interesting to us... because they are less work.

Two or three scenes. Maybe a chapter. But they don't have to carry the weight of the story. We get to spend that limited time with them and not have to worry about the whole freakin rest of book.

Those scenes are fun, they come easy.

It's the main characters carrying the bulk of the weight... some times we get bored with them. I think because they represent so much work.

Steph

P.S. My IT department blocked "blogs" and all web communications. I had to cry, beg and promise sexual favors to get access back... soooo the posts better be really awesome this week! :) Kidding - they always are!

Maureen McGowan said...

Glad you fought your way to access, Steph!

I like writing the villain's, too. Such fun.

Sinead M said...

mmmm.... it scares me a little sometimes just how much I love writing the villian POV... and which secondary characters I come to really enjoy... sometimes it's just the guy in the corner smirking.. the extra in the movie, who goes unbilled in the credits.

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