Ready for more Didiemus? Yeah I am too. He’s a bit of a freak but he’s a nice antagonist. Before I post that, I’m going to give you another writing challenge. Think of this as ‘writing on the right side of the brain’. I loved and hated “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” when I was younger (I highly recommend it) because it made what I loved, sketching, work. But it was that very work that made me a more skilled visual artist, and these exercises, are designed not to frustrate but to help you build muscle you probably haven’t used in a while.
This one is for every Scribe, whether you are plot first or a character first/world builder.
CHALLENGE: Mirror, Mirror.
Take your protagonist (hero) and write a paragraph to a page with them in the villain’s roll. The goal is the same (save the princess/save the world/find their missing object) but now they are the villain. The reader should suddenly experience an alliance shift as the goal of your hero now is the goal of the villain of the piece.
Take your antagonist (villain) and write a paragraph to a page with them in the heroes roll. The goal is the same (conquer the world/destroy the princess/find their missing object) but now they are the hero. The reader should suddenly experience an alliance shift as the goal of your villain is now the goal of the hero of the piece.
You’re not going to turn this into a short story (or maybe you are) or a novel (hmmm) this is just to make you think about the “negative space” of your story and to take the same core characters and write them both as negative and positive. Hopefully, you’ll find holes to fill and strengths to crow about in each of your paper tigers.
Have fun Scribes!