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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Vengeance is Mine

What if? It's a question that can take your novel in a whole different direction. It's a question that can begin a whole new story...

What if you* were wronged so badly that you contemplated revenge on the one who wronged you*? How far would you* be willing to go?

*You'd never really resort to revenge, would you? So, by "you" I mean any character in your current WIP.


Huntress said...

Revenge is a one-sided emotion for my characters. Add Regret and Guilt and it becomes something more.

Give the antag a moral reason for the evil done. It makes the protagonist feel Remorse after Revenge is taken.

Then the protag is as bad as the antag, a whole new journey.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It only hurts the person who wants the revenge. In a dire situation, I might react differently, but otherwise, I let God sort it all out.
Now, my character Byron? No such scruples. And he got his revenge.

Liz A. said...

@Huntress--Well said.

@Alex--This is true. But some people have to learn this lesson for themselves.