30 Days of Writing – Days 18, 19 and 20

Fighting off a migraine today…combo from too much hidden salt in meals since Thursday and the weather change to a 20 degree drop in temperature and some lake effect snow vibes. 

Favorite antagonist and why!

I have a few from classics and I think all go to their commitment to the evil tasks at hand.  The first is Lady Macbeth.  She harped on Macbeth until he operated to her demands (then went his own morally corrupt way).  The evil driven by power hunger is so fascinating.  Next great characters are Napoleon and Snowball from Animal Farm.  There’s that power corrupt thing again and the logic employed to work the schemes.  The brutal get them before they get you mentality.  And each of these characters are well-rounded.  You get the motivation behind their actions.

Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!

Hmm…nothing is coming instantly to mind on this one, either from works I’ve read or my own writing. 

What are your favorite character interactions to write?

Those where I’m going, okay how did these two cross paths and how is this going to end?  I like when weird scenarios hit my mind and I have to figure out how it all works and why the players are acting the way they are.  Where I think I know someone’s motivation, then they run the other way.

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4 Responses to 30 Days of Writing – Days 18, 19 and 20

  1. Beth says:

    I dislike writing soulless characters as well. One was the main character of a short story I was working on, but I hated him, so I couldn’t continue.

    • Barbara says:

      Thanks for the response Beth! I totally relate. Hard to feel motivated by characters I hate.

      • Beth says:

        Yes! This one had no personality what so ever. I’m not even sure how I came up with him–most of my characters have something intriguing about them, except him.

        Good choice on the antagonist. I have a soft spot for Lady Macbeth. She’s such an intriguing character and I would love the opportunity to play her…or write a story with a character like her in it.

      • Barbara says:

        Yes, I love Lady Macbeth’s true and honest commitment to her tasks and goal. Evil intent yes, but you get it and can respect it.

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