Monday, March 18, 2019

Comfort Reads

Between the flu and snow and more snow and freezing rain and a broken water main, it's been a roller coaster couple of weeks.

For a day or two, my head/eyes couldn't handle any screens. When my head cleared enough to read, I reached for one of my all-time favourite books.

I've owned it for decades. The spine is broken from so many reads and it brings me comfort just holding the book.

I have several comfort reads, but this time I pulled out Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.

Reading it is like seeing a friend you've lost touch with for a few years, but as soon as you get together, it's perfect.

The language is gorgeous, the characters complex, the story pulls me in again.

What about you? Do you re-read your favourite books? What are some of your favourite comfort reads?

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

IWSG & Villains & Heroes

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. He, his clones, minions, friends, and fellow authors make it an amazing event every month.

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!

And we’re revving up IWSG Day to make it more fun and interactive! Every month, we'll announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day 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.


March 6 question - Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

I have to admit that I adore writing from the villain's perspective.
It's so much fun - which may or may not say a lot about me!

With my focus on contemporary romance, I don't have a lot of opportunity to let the evil drip onto the page, but I've got multiple suspense stories lurking in my To Be Written pile where I plan to start off each chapter wth a scene from the villain's pov. Some of the flash fiction I've been writing has the villain as the central character as well.

For me, villains are fun because they're the heroes of their twisted stories - and they want the rest of the world to see it that way as well.

How about you? Anyone else like writing the villain's pov?