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The awesome co-hosts for the March 6 posting of the IWSG are Elsie Amata, Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!
Remember, the question is optional! March 6 question – Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?
Me? It’s been a long time since I’ve written from the perspective of the antagonist. I’m not sure I even remember the last time. (It would almost certainly be a short story.) (Or a few short scenes in a novel.) For me, this is about maintaining a hopeful outlook. I’m not saying my stories aren’t dark. If you’ve read some of them, you’d know I was lying, anyway.
But writing from the protagonist’s point of view doesn’t drop me into the same vat of cynicism that writing from the antagonist’s would. My protagonists are people who believe they can make their world(s) better. That’s a mindset I can live with long-term.
I’m happier in real life, when I write from the perspective of the protagonist, and in a world where the stakes can be more positive than “the bad guy goes to jail.” Or, “by golly, maybe we can save the next one.” I like to think that good peoples’ efforts can change the world for the better.
So, overall, I do like writing in the protagonist’s POV better.
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