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Thursday, January 31, 2008

45 Scenes Down 20 To Go

No, not written. Well, some of them are, but I'm plotting. I need some more scenes between my pivotal fight scenes. I did add Villian POV. 4 whole scenes, but with the book Villian. Note there is a super villian at work as well. Not super as in Superman, but an overall villian that can never truly be defeated. There's a lot of physical action in my story. Maybe that's just me or just this story or just paranormal in general. If I could make each scene 2000 words long I'd be gold, but I tend to run between 1000 and 2000 with each scene after edits.

Yes, I'm rambling here. Should I give a peak into the super villian's mind or should we just see it through the other characters? He's got a lot going on in there and I don't know how much of it will be seen in this book. To be honest, this is a stand alone single title, but the super villian might cross into another couple of books I have ideas for. Ramble, ramble, ramble. Okay, gotta go and work some more on my plot. Last question -

Do you let your villian have a point of view? Do you like stories where you get into the villian's head?

6 comments:

Annie said...

to answer you last question I have only read one series that has the villian's pov. that is black dagger brotherhood. While i liked the villian's pov every once in a while I wanted to skip that part. Mostly because I was like uggg at something that happened or was said.

Annie said...

oh and it ok to ramble it help us know what going on and what you really think about your writing.

Amanda said...

On Morgan's website, she says not to go into the villian's POV. After all when you are in a POV you know everything that character knows. Which is why I'm reluctant to go into my super villian's mind. My villian for this story though has only one thought. Get the one that got away. I'd be using his POV to give scenes that would play in the background but would show things that I think would be nice to know. My would's lined up. :) My mind's pretty chaotic.

Kristi said...

On the villian question - it really depends. He/she *always* has a voice in my pre-writing (when I'm getting the character down, when I'm creating background, etc) but those scenes don't always make it in. Sometimes one or two will, sometimes none. When I'm working on a shorter book (like category length) I don't include a V POV because of length constraints but I just finished a longer (85K) book and did include a couple of V POV scenes.

I think you have to decide if the scenes would add to the suspense/drama/danger elements or if they would just be filler that doesn't ramp up the tension.

Kristi said...

Like the other Kristi said, it really depends on what you want to accomplish. If your villian has interesting reasons for doing what he/she is doing, then showing his POV could help develop sympathy for him from the reader, which can make the whole emotional impact of the story more complex. (e.g. he's had a horrifyingly abusive childhood that twisted his view of right vs wrong). Showing his POV can also make him more loathsome to the reader--it's all in the writing and choice of details. Just because the reader's in the guy's head doesn't mean you as the author have to tell the reader *every* thought in your villian's head...

I have read many books that show the villain's POV, at least to some degree. Doing so can definitely increase the tension and anxiety for the reader, because it can give a glimpse of the next bad thing that's coming, that the hero/heroine knows nothing about. Think of a scene of the real serial killer stalking his next victim while the heros are at dinner celebrating putting the wrong guy in jail.

ellevmurphy said...

Like Annie, I skipped over the villain's POV so much in the BDB. I think that's what ruined the book for me, because I got so bored with the villain, and I knew I missed out on a lot of the book.

However, I have read excellent villain POVs, and the first to come to mind is Shannon McKenna, who writes romantic suspense. She does a fab job of making the villains super scary, but also makes them understandable. Really weird, but she does a great job with it. Karen Marie Moning does a killer job with the villain's POV too.

If I wasn't writing 1st person POV, I would definitely have more of my villain's POV. But the MC is going to be spending so much time with him we'll learn quite a bit about him.