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.
Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting!
Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.
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!