Tough writing today, but at least I finished with my prologue. Bang – into Chapter One, Scene One. And…Ugh. The words are still terrible.
Oh well. I’ll try to keep going.
Starting properly made me wonder about my POV characters – I figured to have 4 or 5, and one of these was going to be the villain/villains.
But this is supposed to be a mystery-crime-thriller, thematically along the lines of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Is it possible to write from the villain’s point of view without destroying the mystery?
I like the idea of seeing the antagonist’s side. It allows you to flesh out their motivations and reasons – or if not reasons, excuses. Critically, it allows you to connect to the bad guy emotionally – which I think is essential in ‘raising the stakes’. Things shouldn’t be black and white, and villain POV give an opportunity to paint in grey (and bright arterial red…)
But does it absolutely destroy any mystery? How careful will I have to be?
Ugh. This is hard.
Let me know what you think – should the villain get a showing, or should you keep them under wraps. Does genre affect your decision?
Daily word count: 361
Total word count: 1911
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