#IWSG March 2019: Masquerade: Oddly Suited Blog Tour & Heroes Vs. Villains

Posted March 6, 2019 in Creative Writing, Memes & Tags / 13 Comments

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It’s time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group post to boost my confidence and encourage myself to engage with the writing community. The IWSG post on the first Wednesday of every month.

This month’s co-hosts are: 
Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all having a good week. I’ve been feeling slightly frazzled lately as I have so much going on both at work and at home. Finding time for writing is a challenge at the moment, but I’m trying to squeeze in a little where I can. If only I could survive without sleep!

I’m excited to announce the Masquerade: Oddly Suited blog tour, running from 18th March to 4th May 2019. There will be a mix of guest posts, interviews and spotlights through which you can learn more about all the stories and authors. Here is the schedule:

I hope you’ll join us to discover more about the anthology!

Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero or the villain?

I suppose I like both for different reasons. I find it much easier to write from the POV of the protagonist. I can usually relate to their goals and interests. It can be hard to get inside the head of the villain and realistically portray their perspective, especially if they have done terrible things.

Most antagonists are not just evil for the sake of being evil-you have to show how they justify their actions and perhaps work out a plausible backstory that explains their motivation. I find that tricky, but it can also be interesting and fun to write from that POV.

I enjoy writing retellings of fairytales in which the ‘bad guy’ turns out to be a sympathetic, misunderstood character. But often, my villain’s true motivations are a mystery that I like to reveal later in the story, so I prefer to write from the POV of the protagonist so I don’t give too much away.

What about you?

Which POV do you prefer to write from or read about? Do you have any news that you’d like to share?

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13 responses to “#IWSG March 2019: Masquerade: Oddly Suited Blog Tour & Heroes Vs. Villains

  1. I enjoy writing from the villain’s pov as long as the piece is short. I don’t want to dwell in that world/pov too long. I’d never sleep again!
    Looking forward to hosting Elizabeth!

    • Good point! I don’t mind being in the villain’s head if the piece has a comedic feel, that can be really fun. But if I’m writing something dark it can be really depressing to write from such a hopeless, vengeful POV. Thank you for being a part of the tour!

  2. I totally agree with your last paragraph. Writing from the antagonist’s point of view gives away too much of the story unless you are careful.

  3. Roland R Clarke

    Fairytales told from the perspective of the ‘bad guy’ are always fascinating reads.

    • I really enjoyed Wicked by Gregory Maguire-I think the success of the musical may have contributed towards the popularity of retellings as a genre.

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