Dheran Claes: Antagonist

I needed a villain for the book I’m writing. It took me a good while to find someone who would work. And then it took me a while to figure out what kind of relative he was (I’ll explain below). The hardest part, however, was giving him a better motivation to be the villainous antagonist than “he’s a power hungry jerk.”

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A Couple of Character Arcs

The plot for the novel I want to write next is not coming easily. It’s becoming rather aggravating, actually. I have main characters, long term plots, histories, villains, mentors, traitors, secrets, and they’re all set in a world that I can imagine to a wonderfully vivid degree. Most of my worlds end up becoming rather generic, or simply resembling what TV shows I’ve been watching lately. Or else it doesn’t really matter what it looks like exactly, because the focus is on what’s happening. This world, I can literally see it in my head, and I love it.

I even know what my long-range goals are for the series. But I still don’t have a plot for my first novel. I do, however, have character arcs for my main characters, and that is the start of something.

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Tragic Heroes Are Not My Thing

I’m doing a challenge for World Anvil. Two, actually. One is an official contest that I will not win but I’m still going to make this article fantastic because I like the character and I plan to use her a lot more. The second challenge was to take a heroic archetype I don’t use much and create a hero. Which meant I was stuck with the Tragic Hero archetype because I’ve used all of the other ones.

I do not like tragedy. I generally avoid reading tragic stories, or watching them, and as such I do not have a great deal of experience in creating one. Luckily, for this challenge I don’t need to create a whole hero, but just a summary of one. Basically.

I started from another hero who I’m designing for the official challenge: Glenna Stormraven. Part of her backstory was that her family was driven from their homeland by a rival clan. So a natural place to start my tragic hero was with her parents. Namely, her father.

I didn’t take too much time to design the tale of Derek Stormraven, because there’s only so much time in the day and the article doesn’t need to be too ridiculously long. His tragedy, therefore, was fairly simple to come up with. He became a hero, and his hubris led him to ignore the clan’s rivals, and that lack of consideration so enraged them that they attacked. Nothing too elaborate.

You can find my article here.

Thoughts on Procrastination

Writing blog posts doesn’t come naturally to me, but I do like having pieces of my writing out there. Also, it can be good for my WIP to take little looks at what I’m doing. I try to follow a cycle in how I post, so since this week is world/character building, I decided to ask the major characters of my current novel what their opinion is on procrastinating. Since that’s what is on my mind at present.

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Prompt #11: Puny Humans

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

Let me know what you think of it!

This is Prompt #11: Sometimes, it really is the end of the world. How would your story change if the stakes were cataclysmic? Continue reading “Prompt #11: Puny Humans”

Prompt #6: Every Villain is a Hero

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

Let me know what you think of it!

This is Prompt #6: Your antagonist probably thinks he’s the good guy. Imagine the story from his perspective. Continue reading “Prompt #6: Every Villain is a Hero”