The Insecure Writer’s Support Group ~ No#87

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.

The awesome co-hosts for the March posting of the IWSG are: Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard

Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
Remember, the question is optional!

MARCH 06th QUESTION: Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?
I’ve always thought it better to write from the hero’s point of view. Writing from the villain’s POV seems tricky, for two reasons: how do you craft a strong villain who does not outshine the hero and how do you maintain the suspense in the story without giving too much away?

I read somewhere that the trick to getting the hero/villain balance is to make the two share similarities, for example, personality traits or a goal. The goal can be shown as being good and bad, depending on how you look at it and what motivation is behind it. Remember too that neither agrees with the other’s method of attaining that goal. Lends itself to a multi-layered story…

Have you ever written a story where your hero and villain share similar personality traits, values or goals?

Happy IWSG Day!



  1. Ryan Carty on March 6, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Perhaps one could write a story where the villain does outshine the hero. Maybe play with the ideas of right and wrong, good vs evil, the nature of storytelling. Nah, that’s just crazy talk.

  2. Jemi Fraser on March 6, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    I’ve enjoyed writing shorter pieces with a villain as the MC – definitely a challenge. In an idea that’s lurking in the back of my head, a villain would have his own pov chapters – and his goal and the hero’s goals will connect and cause the conflict. Should be fun when I get to it!

  3. Michelle on March 6, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    That’s a great point. It reminds me of Professor X and Magneto — their similarities diverge at a certain point and they each embrace a different path. But they both *think* they’re working toward a noble goal.

    I’ve never written a story with a villain! This month’s blog hop kinda makes me want to play around with one, though. Maybe for a short story. 🙂

  4. Carol Kilgore on March 6, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    I like writing from both viewpoints.

  5. Anna on March 6, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    How to maintain suspense? No matter how hard the villain tries… Well, most of us are programmed to believe the hero will always win. That alone bumps up the tension. How we play with this is up to us. hehehe

    I do get your point though and can’t write a great villain without extra work.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  6. Alex J. Cavanaugh on March 6, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Someone else mentioned giving too much away.
    Sending them after the same goal is a good way to handle it. Both will think they are doing the right things to attain it.

  7. L. Diane Wolfe on March 6, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Sometimes the villain does outshine the hero. What happens when people start rooting for the villain instead? Tight rope to walk.

  8. H.R. Sinclair on March 6, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    In the book I’m revising now, they both share ideals. They just interpret them in different ways. 🙂

  9. Mary Aalgaard on March 7, 2019 at 1:46 am

    That’s great advice about the hero/villain. It got me thinking about plot and how, in a way, as a reader, you’re challenged to believe that both have a viable goal.

    Great post. Happy IWSG day!

  10. M.J. Fifield on March 7, 2019 at 3:22 am

    Sometimes I find I’m having way more fun writing my villains than my heroes. I have one WIP where I don’t include any antagonist POVs because they would give too much away. I guess it really depends on the story itself.

  11. Natalie Aguirre on March 7, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    I think it would be tricky to write a book from the villain’s POV and create one that you want to work on enough and that others would want to read.

  12. Melissa Maygrove on March 7, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    I struggle enough just writing from the hero’s and heroine’s POVs. I’d probably snatch myself bald if I went into the villain’s head. LOL

  13. Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine on March 8, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    And if the villain outshine the hero, then we may start rooting for the hero to lose. LOL

  14. Lynda A Dietz on March 12, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    I like the idea of sharing personality traits, but using them differently toward a goal. It’s all in the perspective, e.g. how some people will see a person as assertive rather than agressive, or mild-mannered rather than timid.

  15. Susan Rouchard on March 19, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you for this. I am a bit behind in my IWSG comments for March. Sorry about that.
    You ask very interesting questions, here. I like the idea of having the hero and villain sharing the same goal and/or personalities. It would blur the perspective and keep the reader even more on his toes.
    Looking forward to reading you next month.

  16. Nicki Elson on March 22, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Ooh, I like that idea of having them share a trait. Sort of gives it a “what if” angle -like, what if you used that trait for good or what if you use it for evil.

  17. Yvonne V on March 24, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    I agree, Michelle, the out-shining part can be tricky.

  18. Damyanti on March 31, 2019 at 7:56 am

    “I read somewhere that the trick to getting the hero/villain balance is to make the two share similarities, for example, personality traits or a goal. The goal can be shown as being good and bad, depending on how you look at it and what motivation is behind it.”

    The MS I’m writing at the moment does this. Felt very validating 🙂

  19. Trisha on April 3, 2019 at 2:30 am

    I think I usually automatically write from the ‘hero’ POV. I do so love a good villain though, especially where you can almost/definitely sympathise with them.

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